After having received written permission from the building landlord in October 08 to use the freight elevator to store my bike in my office, today I was told I could no longer do that. The reason? He received an email from another office that stated that "some of my coworkers are concerned about [me] being permitted to bring my bike up to the 12th floor, because "it should not be permitted", and because "it may encourage others to do the same thing."
The terms of the written permission stated to avoid using the elevators during "rush hour" (i.e., 8am, noon, and 4pm.). I have come in as early as 6:30am to avoid bothering people...and leave later than most. I work for the Municipality of San Juan, in a 15 story building in San Juan's Hato Rey Financial District. The "landlord" is a colleague with substantially the same standing I have.
Shortly after I began riding to work, a new bike rack was put in place outside the building. I suspect it was put in place because of me. But I fear using it because I've a new Trek 7.5FX, the rack is exposed to the weather, and because after 4pm, normal quitting time, there is no one, no one around. I leave the office far later than that...and I am afraid of what I may (or may not find) on my way out of the building.
I had an interview this afternoon with the "landlord"...and he absolutely would not hear me. He could not state a single time when my use of the elevators affected others. I even offered to walk the bike up the 12 flights of stairs. Nada. He based his decision on the fact that he got an email.
But he suggested I get a cheaper bike so I could use the rack without fear.
Out of 800 employees, I am the only one who commutes, so this is seen as a "privilege".
Thanks for letting me vent.