I started work at a new office location (but same employer) this week. Today was the second day I commuted by bike. Rather than use the rack immediately outside the entry door and have to remove my lights, etc., I parked under an inside stairwell (less than five feet from the entry door) as shown in the attached photo. I figure the bike's not in anyone's way, especially if I'm parking next to some boxes that say "basura" (trash in Spanish) on them.
When I came back to the bike this evening for the ride home, there was a "please park bikes in the designated area outside" placed on the wall next to the bike, obviously put there by security.
I plan to talk to security about the situation, but despite the fact that I can't think of any good reason why I can't park under the stairwell, I bet they're going to insist that I park my bike in the outdoor rack, if for no other reason than "because the bike rack is there and that's where the bikes are supposed to be". I do have a big enough cubicle for the bike, but then the bike might get in the way of my guest chairs, so I really don't want to fall back on that option.
My gut feel is that I'm going to have to elevate this past security, possibly up to HR. For various reasons, any solution involving spending money won't happen. Has anyone else been in this situation before and have tips/advice to offer?