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    Forced into underground parking garage?!!? HELP!

    Well unlike certain lucky people who work at award winning bicycle friendly companies I like many work at a just get to work on time and keep your bike outta the way and we won't fire you for riding a bike company. (If you drive you can be late all you want though)

    I just found out at my new building they require all vehicles to be parked in the underground parking garage no exceptions. I have been trying to work with security in the new building but they have told me my bike will be removed and disposed of if I park anywhere but in the garage.
    Normally yeah underground parking in Texas it's safe and secure but it is dangerous.
    1) You have to go down/up a steep blind curving ramp that people just whip around way too fast.
    2) Mid ramp you have to swipe your badge (the gate goes to the wall)
    3) They have those no backup/wrongway claws that puncture tires right before the gates

    Anyone have any ideas or should I just suck it up lay low and appreciate my paycheck?

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    Talk to management about an outside bike rack. How this is decision is up to security goons is beyond me. Talk about petty power corruption.
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    Just to make life a little simpler you could, uh, walk down the ramp instead of ride?
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    suck it up lay low and deal with it

    making a stink only makes enemies and some day bam...no job

    the best employees don't make waves

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    Bring it into the building and into your office area. Especially when it is raining outside.

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    This is in Texas, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edzo View Post
    suck it up lay low and deal with it

    making a stink only makes enemies and some day bam...no job

    the best employees don't make waves
    What a way to live.
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    They mandate you to park on-site, under a roof, in a quasi-access controlled area? The problem with this again?

    I'm supposed to park on a public sidewalk next to the most notorious and busiest urban bus route in the metro. Count your blessings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treespeed View Post
    What a way to live.
    a paycheck that grows fatter every 4 months,
    shares and options,
    and fast track to management loot and lifestyle

    is the way to live. complainers do not rate. those who adapt, win

    just sayin....

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    I park in an underground garage and I prefer this, but I have a pretty safe garage setup. I doubt I even need to lock my bike. I wouldn't whine about it. If you can negotiate streets safely, you can negotiate a garage. There are far worse ways to have to deal with your bike while you're at work.
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    No sympathy here. Parking garages are a great place to keep your bike. There's no rule that says you have to fly down the ramp and anytime I had a close call with a car, it was undoubtedly my fault. Parking garages kinda force drivers to pay attention.

    The card-key entry was in the middle of an uncovered ramp. I used to keep my card in an outside pocket of my bag and just stop at the gate, lean over and swipe it. I never had to unclip and sometimes didn't even need to take a hand off my bars to lean against the wall.

    I also did this in the middle of winter when the ramp could be snowy/icy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alanfleisig View Post
    Just to make life a little simpler you could, uh, walk down the ramp instead of ride?
    Fortunately for me, I can bring my bike inside and put it by my locker. But, even though there are bike racks in our underground garage, we can't walk down or up the straight, one-level exit ramp right by the racks; neither can we ride our bikes up or down the ramp. It's a broad adaptation of the "no pedestrians allowed" rule for the ramp. Using a rack means entering one of the buildings, walking the bike through, carrying it down a narrow staircase, then taking it over to the rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evblazer View Post
    I like many work at a just get to work on time and keep your bike outta the way and we won't fire you for riding a bike company. (If you drive you can be late all you want though)
    What kind of company policy is that? It's okay to be late by car, but NOT okay when by bicycle? Bicycles can have issues too; i.e. flat tires.

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    Uhm, walk into building with bike, go to parking garage, park bike, reverse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edzo View Post
    a paycheck that grows fatter every 4 months,
    shares and options,
    and fast track to management loot and lifestyle

    is the way to live. complainers do not rate. those who adapt, win

    just sayin....
    if you call that winning - not everyone is playing the same game.

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    I want a job I like that does not involve managing anyone else. Besides most of the rich persons I know are a miserable lot. I would rather be comfortable and enjoy life.

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    Get clipped and sue the company into the ground.

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    I whined about having to park in an underground parking garage in my first Job in Boise. The more I parked there, though, the more I realized it was a great place to park my bike. Now I work for a fortune 50 company and my bike parking is rediculously inadequate compared to what I had in that garage. Afer some soul searching, I realized I just hated being told what to do with my bike.

    Maybe you just don't realize what you have. Also, it NEVER pays to make enimies of the security guys. They can make your life pretty miserable.

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    I guess I'm just ranting maybe I read that award winning bicycle work thread a little too much and it pushed me over the edge. The whole situation just pisses me off at how utterly pain in the butt and unsafe parking my bike and getting out is going to be now. I guess the edge of the smoking area in my whole building was a bargain.
    Overall I was ok with my commute doubling so it will be 42 miles round trip and I thought it would be cool to get a shower now. A $3 a day shower mind you with a 1 mile rt walk to get to and fro which almost makes me want to keep my wet naps.

    The rule comes down from real estate who leases the place. Security just blindly enforces it. The VP in my section won't let me park it inside and overall they don't give a crap what I think or want.

    The bike vs car thing is a bit unfair indeed but it isn't a company policy it is just crappy management in my area. I know people in my former group who were late because of car troubles and had to leave early because of them. I was early every single day but one when I crashed myself and it went on my records from my annual review which I disputed and lost that "I have a high potential to come in late on any given day due to my transportation choice".

    I don't think the ramps are safely walkable. They are probably steaper then any hill around here. They go in and down about 100ft to the gate. Then another 20 then a circle and a half of blind turn until you get dropped out into the parking area. I can hear the tires sqeeling as cars go spinning around anytime I have gone over by car or gotten a lift there. Going up you really have to stop to wait for that dang gate to clear.

    Going down the ramp I might be ok since I got the hill to aid my decent. Going up when everyone is rushing to get home is where it is unsafe I think I'd have to walk it through the building unless I can find stairs out of the garage. Right now I'd have to walk in and sneak past security (they told me to get my bike out and keep it out), go up two escalators or walk a while to the elevator. Then either hoof it to cafeteria and head out the porch or go through a maze of cubes to a side exit all while sneaking. Bah. Oh well I guess it could be worse.

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    Can you walk into the building lobby, and take an elevator down to the garage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeytoun View Post
    Can you walk into the building lobby, and take an elevator down to the garage?
    The official lobby is in the west building and I am in the east building which is connected by a 1/2 mile tunnel. It is technically possible but a long walk and security would hassle me. I may be able to find the right person to stop that but things are very rocky with more and more layoffs everyone has their head in the sand.
    I wish I could find something what would make riding my bike to work a benefit for my company. Besides the theoretical health care reduction and parking spot which they have too many of anyhow. Maybe if there was a tax break for having employees use something besides a car they'd let me park somewhere outside of the building I work in. Actually maybe not. I think I tried that with my electric pickup to get to park in a spot that was far away but had an outlet. They could actually get federal money and kudos but they refused and I had a few people tell me just be happy you have a job and keep quiet.

    Edit: Oh and I'll be commuting on my fuji touring xtracycle bike which will be pretty hefty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edzo View Post
    a paycheck that grows fatter every 4 months,
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    is the way to live. complainers do not rate. those who adapt, win

    just sayin....
    I didnt "adapt" and I still won the game, I didnt "adapt" to anything or for anyone, kissing @55..... Im sorry, I mean "adapting" is for those who cant cut it just being themselves Id be quick to tell the high ups what i needed, but thats just me, if you feel your job will be on the line just because you stated a fact, dont say anything, or find a new job "I change by not changing at all" Pearl Jam, I took this to heart and lived by it the moment I heard it that way everyone I met, and meet again in the future knows me and knows that I am me always
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by evblazer View Post
    I was early every single day but one when I crashed myself and it went on my records from my annual review which I disputed and lost that "I have a high potential to come in late on any given day due to my transportation choice".
    Jesus Christ, just reading that makes me so pissed off. I understand that not everyone is going to bike commute but I am just dumbfounded by company policies that are so in-your-face ungreen. I think I'd have to quit over something like that. I just plain old refuse to devote my time on this planet to working for people who are so out of sync with my values.

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    I say you wait at the bottom of the ramp on the way out, and grab an SUV or truck and let them tow you up the ramp. One arm will get really strong...
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    Quote Originally Posted by edzo View Post
    a paycheck that grows fatter every 4 months,
    shares and options,
    and fast track to management loot and lifestyle

    is the way to live. complainers do not rate. those who adapt, win

    just sayin....
    Some of us don't have to be such spineless conformists to have security and a good lifestyle.
    Complainers do not rate? Is that the lemming creed?
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