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Old 05-31-06, 01:51 PM   #1
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My employer offered me a parking space today.

They are given out on a seniority basis and apparently my number came up. I told our facilities person that since I have no use for such a thing personally I would like to be able to give it to my co-workers who carpool every day. No dice. I tried not to lay it on too thick with my response to this news, but it did annoy me.

I don't expect any special treatment as someone who rides his bike to work, and I don't feel slighted because I am unable to enjoy this "perk". I also know that the parking space in question is not mine to give away. I don't know who is going to get "my" space now, but I would not be surprised if it is someone who lives close enough to ride or take the bus and who will now feel encouraged to drive since it would no longer involve fighting for a parking space on Capitol Hill.

Maybe this belongs in the activism forum. All I know is that this is the kind of "fairness" I can really do without.
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Old 05-31-06, 01:59 PM   #2
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I actually think it the fairest policy. If you give the ability for the 'winner' to give it away it can lead to all kinds of biases and workplace tensions. For example, if you could wouldn't it be nice to give it to your boss.
It's not your job to decide who the most deserving of this spot is. It can really be no ones job to develop such a set of criteria, which is why random lottery or first come first get wait list works best.

Of course it could be decided that all parking spots or 50% or whatever get reserved for carpool only.

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You should take the spot, and then speak to the car pool people on your own terms, make the agreement with them alone so nobody else has to know or care who uses YOUR spot.......
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Or, you could simply accept the spot and install a bike rack on it.
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What is the rational for not letting you dole it out to whomever you wish? Are they afraid people will be leasing out their spaces and trying to make a few bucks off of it?
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Or, you could simply accept the spot and install a bike rack on it.
Well... I don't own a car so getting it there could be tricky
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Or, you could simply accept the spot and install a bike rack on it.
I like this idea
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What is the rational for not letting you dole it out to whomever you wish? Are they afraid people will be leasing out their spaces and trying to make a few bucks off of it?
possibly. they also want to have a record of who is parking there. my company is the same way. getting a parking spot is like a major life event for some people.
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Take the spot, pick a co-worker that you like and say, "Hey, co-worker - you can use my spot, I don't need it".
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Well... I don't own a car so getting it there could be tricky
THAT would be worth a day's car rental.
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You should take the spot, and then speak to the car pool people on your own terms, make the agreement with them alone so nobody else has to know or care who uses YOUR spot.......
Obvious, no?
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I'd make sure that it is crytal clear on paper that you aren't currently recieving that perk as it may incur a tax liability. I don't know what parking costs where you are, but last summer I saw that $30/day was standard in Chicago. $30/day times 180 days = $5,400. I had that sort of problem one place for crappy "free" employee lunches that I never had because they were so crappy that I brought my own. Whether you use it or not doesn't seem to matter.
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Or, you could simply accept the spot and install a bike rack on it.
And endure all the paint chips and door dings from cars?!
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Old 05-31-06, 04:22 PM   #14
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Xtracycle? Or you can order the rack and have it delivered to the place you work.

I like the idea of having a dedicated space for carpoolers...maybe talk to the big guys and see if they'd be willing to dedicate a couple spaces for carpoolers.
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I'd have a single pole installed dead center in the parking spot and park your bike next to it.

Or buy a really cheap broken down van, then park your bike inside the van.
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You should take the spot, and then speak to the car pool people on your own terms, make the agreement with them alone so nobody else has to know or care who uses YOUR spot.......
I'm pretty sure I would have had to have given the powers that be "my" plate number. They watch the lot pretty closely because parking is so tight in this neighborhood. It just didn't seem worth getting in trouble over.

Thanks for all the... umm... brilliant suggestions though everyone.
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Or, use the spot to entice/ lure / bribe the office hottie.
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Get an Old Pair of Cycling Shoes and put them in the Spot ! And just leave it be !
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Or, you could simply accept the spot and install a bike rack on it.
Bravo... best answer. Park proudly your steed!
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Where I work (downtown) you need to wait 6 months at least before you can get an employee parking pass, but then you must pay $100/month to use it. It's considered a deal, because if you don't have it, the attached garage charges $10-15/day depending on if you stay past 6 pm. So in effect the employee pass represents a subsidy of as much as $200/month off the theoretical daily parking rate. I once asked for that subsidy in cash but got turned down. The explanation: we don't actually manage the lot..we lease it to a private company who runs it for profit and pays us a fee and part of the deal is that they issue a set number of employee passes.

I also wrote to the federal minister of revenue asking him to levy income tax on free and subsidized employee parking as it represents a financial benefit of working at a company, but his minions wrote back with a long and complicated rationale as to why they didn't think they should.
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My previous job I was senior enough to have my own parking space. If my bike was locked to the post with the reserved name plate, co-workers knew it was first come first serve.

This job, parking is an employee benefit for everyone. So when parking got tight and the building managers wanted a parking pass back, I gave up mine in exchange for the $75/month parking fee my company was paying for the space I was not using. That is $900 per year just for bike stuff.
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The parking spot belongs to the company. He/she/they/it can do with it as it pleases so consider it for what it is and if you don't want it, you don't want it. It really isn't yours to trade/sell/barter.
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The parking spot belongs to the company. He/she/they/it can do with it as it pleases so consider it for what it is and if you don't want it, you don't want it. It really isn't yours to trade/sell/barter.
If the alternative for drivers is pay parking, then the company is giving out a valuable perk, namely below-market parking costs. If only some employees drive to work, then they are unfairly favouring them with their largesse. The OP may or may not want to make a scene about this, but in fact he would have a valid case to ask for an equivalent subsidy for his transportation costs.
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I think the entire point is the fact that these spaces are given out based on seniority and if you were to give it away it would cause issues if someone got the space over a more senior person. Personally, I'd take the spot but instead of installing a bike rack I'd sink a steel post with anchors for a u-lock.
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I had the same offer of a free parking space. No, I could not park a bike there. If I had had the $$ I would have had a non-operative minivan towed there and left there. Then I could have parked my bike in the van. This was in Oklahoma City where all structured parking was enclosed and airconditioned due to the heat and humidity of summer. Many, many people went from their AC home to their AC garage to an AC car to An AC parking garage to the AC pedestrian tunnels that connected most of the downtown buildings to their AC office. And back.
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