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Old 04-05-12, 06:13 PM   #1
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Anyone work in Rhodes Tower? Or have info about downtown Columbus amenities?

I'm starting a new job soon as a software QA analyst contractor for the Ohio DODD. I may be working at their west Broad campus initially, not sure yet, but eventually I'll be on the 12th floor of Rhodes Tower.

I'm wondering if there are showers available, where is a good place to lock up your bike, etc... Also, if there are other places nearby to shower, I would be interested in that info. I'm considering joining the YMCA on Long Street and showering there. I haven't been very good about riding my bike where I currently work, but downtown parking might be the incentive I need to change that.

If anyone works downtown and doesn't ride their bike to work, I would also be interested in parking information. TIA.
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There is tons of parking downtown. Also bussing in from Grandview wouldn't be bad if you don't feel like riding now and then.

I don't know any specifics about the Rhodes tower, but I wouldn't park my bike outside there for very long. Maybe one of the parking garages around there will have some bike racks inside, or you might be allowed to take the bike inside? There are a few gyms close by you could look into for showers if there are none at work. Metro Fitness is slightly closer than the Y and you could pretty much hop on and coast to the Rhodes from there. You'll have a pretty easy ride from Grandview though, especially once you get to the olentangy path. You can pace yourself there and may not even break a sweat/need a shower most days.
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There is tons of parking downtown. Also bussing in from Grandview wouldn't be bad if you don't feel like riding now and then.

I don't know any specifics about the Rhodes tower, but I wouldn't park my bike outside there for very long. Maybe one of the parking garages around there will have some bike racks inside, or you might be allowed to take the bike inside? There are a few gyms close by you could look into for showers if there are none at work. Metro Fitness is slightly closer than the Y and you could pretty much hop on and coast to the Rhodes from there. You'll have a pretty easy ride from Grandview though, especially once you get to the olentangy path. You can pace yourself there and may not even break a sweat/need a shower most days.
Thanks. I considered just getting a bus pass and not driving at all, but COTA wants $62/month. When you say there is tons of parking downtown, to what do you refer? Are you talking car or bike parking? I'm going to have to drive down there and check it out. I've called two places about car parking. One is $60 per month, but they aren't currently accepting anyone, and their rate is going up. The other was something like $175/month, which seems like a lot.

I'll look into Metro Fitness.
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Thanks! This site has shown up in so many google searches that I figured I might as well join in.

I meant car parking is plentiful, though obviously not free. $60 is a probably a good price. If you don't do winter cycling (not that it mattered this year), a COTA pass during those months will run you the same as parking, plus you won't have to use any gas or get stressed out dealing with traffic. Bike parking is hit or miss, though I only ever park for short amounts of time while running in somewhere. If there's no rack I'm ok with just latching on to a sturdy looking sign for a few minutes. For all day I'd want to lock up inside a garage or somewhere more secure. I'm not familiar with the downtown parking garages, but I know the Gateway garage by campus has a lot of bike parking spots inside under the eyes of the security cameras. Maybe some downtown garage has a similar arrangement? Personally I keep my bike in my shared office, but space isn't an issue and nobody cares since it's out of their way.
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Thanks! This site has shown up in so many google searches that I figured I might as well join in.

I meant car parking is plentiful, though obviously not free. $60 is a probably a good price. If you don't do winter cycling (not that it mattered this year), a COTA pass during those months will run you the same as parking, plus you won't have to use any gas or get stressed out dealing with traffic. Bike parking is hit or miss, though I only ever park for short amounts of time while running in somewhere. If there's no rack I'm ok with just latching on to a sturdy looking sign for a few minutes. For all day I'd want to lock up inside a garage or somewhere more secure. I'm not familiar with the downtown parking garages, but I know the Gateway garage by campus has a lot of bike parking spots inside under the eyes of the security cameras. Maybe some downtown garage has a similar arrangement? Personally I keep my bike in my shared office, but space isn't an issue and nobody cares since it's out of their way.
Thanks. Looks like I've got a temporary reprieve from the downtown parking situation. I'm starting at the Hilltop location, which has its own campus, with parking. I'll eventually have to figure this out though.
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Update:

I'll have to be at Rhodes sometime next week. Bummer. I've called around, and no one wants to sell me a 'shower only' membership. The cheapest I've found is $24 at Metro Fitness, month-to-month. It's $19/month if I pay for the year. Still trying to figure it out. The cheapest garage is $60, unless I want to park on the other side of the river. I've also found a potential $25/month bus pass hookup, so I don't know...
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