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Old 05-31-12, 08:43 AM   #1
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I dont get it why my company wont let my bike inside

I work in a super small town. The facility is one floor and only HALF filled. Empty cubes everywhere. I can totally park my bike out of everybody's way. I dont think it is a fire hazard either. There are only two people including myself who bike to work. I am told there is no SPACE for bikes.
Later on, they explained there is no "designated" space. i mean, so it is great to keep all these empty desks here but not my bike. Thanks.
Even better, this past week was fitness week and "the company cares about you" week. gee thanks.
Talking to my manager and see if some things can change.
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Be reasonable with people and you guys will be able to work something out. Are you being standoffish about it? That will only push people further from accommodating you.
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The problem I've been noticing with many management officials is that if they don't personally commute or own a mid to high end bicycle, most will think that bikes cost $100 or so, and making them oblivious or apathetic to a commuter cyclist's security concerns. If a management official does learn the cost of some commuter cyclists' bicycle, many will generally scoff at the price, and consider the cyclist foolhardy.
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This is an office with cubes and desks. Why would you expect them to allow bikes in office space? If they do, great, but it's not the norm.
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I work in an office building shared with several other companies. A couple of people used to bike to work and then people from one of the larger tenants complained about them on the elevator. I don't know exactly what the complaint was, but they managed to get them banned from inside the building. The stairs aren't an option either because they lock the doors such that you can go down the stairs but not up them. This ban all took place before I started riding my bike. At least they do provide a bike rack to lock it up. Still pisses me off that I can't just wheel it in and park it in my cube. Would save me several ritual minutes of locking/unloading and unlocking/loading every day. Oh, well.
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I can bring my bike inside and put it anywhere that is out of the way. From the posts I have seen here, that is more the rule. It sounds like your employer is one of the old-school authoritarian types. Making people bend to some set of rules is more important than making concessions, even when those concessions have a zero impact on the company bottom line, and a positive impact on employee satisfaction. I doubt If I would last long at a company such as that.
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I have a large office, with doors that can be locked. My first ride in, I was going to stow my bike over in a corner of my office. I have plenty of room. The elevator from the main garage entrance has a stop just a few feet from my office area.

The security and parking garage officials nixed that straight away. My bike gets parked in a designated bike rack inside the parking garage. It's not allowed inside the building.

On another occasion it took quite a bit of convincing to get a new, green, bicycle that was being used in a bank give-away promotion into my office for that day's event.
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The stairs aren't an option either because they lock the doors such that you can go down the stairs but not up them.
This sounds like another one of those, where if the fire marshal would let them (he won't) they would lock the stairs completely. Welcome to the nineteenth century.
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When I started riding to work a few years back I took the approach that it was better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.

Who are "they" in this case?
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This is just another reason why I love working for a small, family owned business (about 10 employees). I started commuting this week and just it rolled on in. My boss stopped me, but only to ask about my bike. She thought it was cool and said I could park it "wherever." This place also lets us bring our dogs to work.

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I can bring my bike inside and put it anywhere that is out of the way. From the posts I have seen here, that is more the rule. It sounds like your employer is one of the old-school authoritarian types. Making people bend to some set of rules is more important than making concessions, even when those concessions have a zero impact on the company bottom line, and a positive impact on employee satisfaction. I doubt If I would last long at a company such as that.
Any office building that I've worked in within the US or Europe had a "no bikes" policy and I have to agree that it makes sense. In some circumstances, and in a few discrete locations, as in under the stairs in the basement, the rules weren't enforced under too many bicycles kind of overflowed into the walkway. I have to assume it's standard office etiquette to have no bicycles inside (along with other modes of transport like skateboards/rollerblades/unicycles/mopeds/motorcyles/cars.
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This sounds like another one of those, where if the fire marshal would let them (he won't) they would lock the stairs completely. Welcome to the nineteenth century.
I was on a train once that locked all of the doors after the train left the station and they stayed locked until arrival at the next station. The locked required a physical key from on of the conductors to open the lock (it was actually a chain and "Master" lock.)
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I work in an office building shared with several other companies. A couple of people used to bike to work and then people from one of the larger tenants complained about them on the elevator. I don't know exactly what the complaint was, but they managed to get them banned from inside the building. The stairs aren't an option either because they lock the doors such that you can go down the stairs but not up them. This ban all took place before I started riding my bike. At least they do provide a bike rack to lock it up. Still pisses me off that I can't just wheel it in and park it in my cube. Would save me several ritual minutes of locking/unloading and unlocking/loading every day. Oh, well.
Probably one person grumbling. Hey, if that is all it takes to get things done why don't you complain about all the smokers leaving their butts outside the entrances

But seriously, if you can use examples from other companies that are accommodating and ask politely for a change in the policy you can do well.
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Is there any bike parking at work?
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I can bring my bike inside and put it anywhere that is out of the way. From the posts I have seen here, that is more the rule. It sounds like your employer is one of the old-school authoritarian types. Making people bend to some set of rules is more important than making concessions, even when those concessions have a zero impact on the company bottom line, and a positive impact on employee satisfaction. I doubt If I would last long at a company such as that.
So you've read posts on BF where people can bring their bikes inside, and therefore it is the norm? I have worked in numerous offices over the years in the DC area, and not one of them would allow you to bring a bike inside. Nor would it be appropriate in an office setting to wheel in a bike or store a bike. There are usually bike storage areas provided. It has nothing to do "old school authoritarian types," whatever that means, but what is considered appropriate in an office setting, which does not include bringing in large, dirty personal belongings.

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Aside from fire-hazard concerns, perhaps the management thinks that having bikes wheeled into the office will be dirty and a distraction from focusing on work.

If there is not a suitable location for your bike outside, then I would approach the person/people in charge and politely request a moment of their time wherein you discuss your concerns and try to alleviate theirs.
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................................ Nor would it be appropriate in an office setting to wheel in a bike or store a bike. ....................
I agree everything with you until this. What do you mean appropriate? There is nothing wrong with working inside an office with a bike parked beside you.


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My guess is probably your type.

I do agree that it is not norm to bring bikes inside offices but I don't against it.
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Guess it's cause I work for a small company too, but when I started riding to work there was never an issue about my bike. I rolled it in an parked it in a corner of my office and no one was bothered!

Of course I do keep it clean, so there was never that "dirty" problem.

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People crying over spilt milk. If the bike is out of the way and not a fire hazard, and no policy is in writing to not allow bicycles in the office, then there shouldn't be an issue. I keep mine in a large, unused area of the stair well here at work... enough space to store dozens of bikes if need be, and still enough space to move around. People are too nit picky. As someone said above, it's easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. I also keep my bike nice and clean, so that might help.
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Can't really imagine why parking a bicycle in an out of the way location would be considered "inappropriate."
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This is just another reason why I love working for a small, family owned business (about 10 employees). I started commuting this week and just it rolled on in. My boss stopped me, but only to ask about my bike. She thought it was cool and said I could park it "wherever." This place also lets us bring our dogs to work.
Yup, same here. The only reason my boss complains about the bike is because I didn't bring my dog. I drive most Tuesdays and Thursdays until summer so he has a few more days with the dog then it is all bike until the kids are back in school.
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Not really sure how anyone can expect to be able to bring a bike to work, especially in a professional environment. I'm all for companies that encourage it, but I think it's a privilege, not a right. At my office, there's ample bike parking in the parking garage, so I realize that I'm more fortunate than most. But I've never even considered bringing my bike into the office.
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This sounds like another one of those, where if the fire marshal would let them (he won't) they would lock the stairs completely. Welcome to the nineteenth century.
You are practicaly forced to use elevator, instead of stairs? Do they force you to drive to work, or is it OK to walk? Idiots...
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But I've never even considered bringing my bike into the office.
Yeah, but you've got Tar Wheels...

I'm lucky in that I've got my own office, and can just bring my bike in. But that's at a University, so possibly a bit more relaxed than a business environment. There's some bike racks on the ground floor as well, but the risk of theft is too high for my liking in a building that's open to the public.
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Yeah, but you've got Tar Wheels...

I'm lucky in that I've got my own office, and can just bring my bike in. But that's at a University, so possibly a bit more relaxed than a business environment. There's some bike racks on the ground floor as well, but the risk of theft is too high for my liking in a building that's open to the public.


Yeah, I live in kind of a sketchy neighborhood, and my bikes are outside under a tarp (protected only by a flimsy fence), so my bike is actually much safer at work...lol.
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