I started a new job Monday. I've been driving for the last 2 days to scope things out and get used to everything. I'm sick of driving already and I'm probably going to start riding on Thursday.
The only inconvenience is that my workplace doesn't have a bike rack. Taking the bike inside is not an option. I'm not downtown and there aren't many other buildings around, so I pretty much have to park on work property somewhere. The parking lot has security cameras and is relatively small, so there really isn't anywhere for me to hide. At my last job I worked with no more than 50 people and everybody knew I rode my bike to work. I became known as "that guy who rides his bike to work" (even with parking a couple blocks away at another company's bike rack) and that was all that anyone ever seemed to want to talk about.
I'd like to avoid a similar situation at my new job if I can. It may not be completely possible, but I want to be as inconspicuous as possible. At the very least I would like to do whatever I can do to prevent any kind of confrontation for parking at an inappropriate place.
Here's a diagram of the new workplace:
My gut feeling is to lock my bike to a tree as far away from the door as possible. Some of the trees are small and I have plenty of cable if the U-lock doesn't fit. I'm not sure if they want me locking to a tree, though. Could I be accused of trying to damage a tree? Also, I assume that they own the tree-covered area, but you never know. It could be someone else's property. The only other option I have is to lock my bike to a light pole that sits in the middle of the parking lot. The problem here is that my bike would stand out like a sore thumb. I'd become "that guy" in no time flat. The good thing is that it seems like a perfectly legal thing to do.
So what do you think? Where would you park? I'm open to other suggestions, as well.