Instead of the bike rack off to the side in the shadows where
components or the entire bike can be stolen out of sight, create
uncertainty in the minds of bike thieves:
Locate the bike rack in front of the computer room window were some big
guy might be glancing out the window watching his bicycle.
No way - did that, gave up almost immediately.
Do you have any idea of the slope and the coeffient of friction on your
typical office parking garage ramp? It's about 25%, grooved, and
concrete. Plus they tend to be sooty and rubbery from cars being
flogged up them, and sometimes have a sharp hook to the right,
effectively increasing the slope.
Of course, I'm talking about parking in the sub-basement, which is
typical here in Toronto. An above ground parking garage might be
different. The old Eatons Centre one had a nice CCW spiral going up,
but they didn't allow bikes no way no how. Didn't much care for
skateboarders coming down, either.
Who needs their OK? Just put the bikes in a secure area, out of sight.
Like a room off the bottom of the emergency stairs.
The point is to give the bikes their own sort of "garage", and putting
that space off the stairs means that people who arrive by bike also are
encouraged to get even more exercise climbing the stairs....
< Who needs their OK?
Not me but everyone else seems to think bicycles are uglier than an 8
lier V8 SUV.
< Just put the bikes in a secure area, out of sight.
That's just the problem. They get stolen when they are "out of sight."
Secure area, I said.
Behind a locked door (or an exit door that can't be opened from the
outside without a key).
Employees can get in and lock up their bikes. Thieves can't just come
by and take the bikes.
Of course there's always the possibility that an employee in the
building is a bike thief....
On Sun, 07 May 2006 17:04:10 -0700, Bret Cahill wrote:
Actually Trump could be a good ally. For all his bluster he's very good
at what he does. If his buildings had nice bike rack solutions, we could
point to them and say, "Look, Trump does it, and it hasn't hurt him
Seriously, does anyone here live or work near a Trump property? What kind
of bike parking solutions does he have?
The current climate of rising fuel prices, NYC transit strikes, etc., have
definitely raised bike awareness. If people like Trump can use these
issues for positive PR, they'll jump at. For example, look at Donald
Bren's personal website:
So these days he's all about parks, open space, bike trails, etc. FWIW
his shopping centers and office parks generally have good bike racks.
The key to bike advocacy is to forge relationships with people like these,
and work on them continually for years, or decades. This is what
organizations like the Bikeleague should be doing. It is businessmen, not
governments, who drive development and shape the environments we live and
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