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Old 11-17-11, 12:58 PM   #1
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A room of our own

The New York Times has an article on new policies that strongly encourage landlords to provide bike rooms in their buildings:
A Room of Their Own for 2-Wheeled Commuters
By TOM ACITELLI
Published: November 15, 2011
Creating a bicycle room for tenants at 345 Hudson Street turned out to be a good fit. The blocklong building in the quiet streets of northern TriBeCa has a low carbon footprint, and many employees of businesses there, like Penguin Putnam, Starbucks and CBS Radio, were already biking to work. And there was an unused storage space off Charlton Street, adjacent to a loading dock and with access to the lobby.

“It’s a few hundred square feet, and it’s always packed,” said Alfonse Amore, vice president for property management for the building’s landlord, Trinity Real Estate. “We have 35, 40 bicycles there a day.”

Trinity opened the bike room in August 2008 at a cost of about $30,000 for lighting, a paint job, a new front door and, of course, bike racks (10, at $2,500 each). That does not include the forfeited rent from leasing it as storage space. In Manhattan, such rent can run from the low teens a square foot annually to $30, depending on the neighborhood and the demand.
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Do you have a bike room in your office or apartment? Would a bike room be a selling point for you?
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Old 11-17-11, 01:11 PM   #2
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I've just retired from a school job where the boiler room was my bike room.

Bike room, cloak room, utility room, doesn't really matter what it's called as long as its secure and easily accessable.
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I park my bike in an abandoned break room at the hospital where I work. It's in there with a bunch of broken beds and wheelchairs. The room is locked, so I don't lock my bike, but a co-worker locks his. One time a security guard told me I couldn't bring my bike in the building, but all the other guards said they don't really care.

I definitely need a bike room at home. We're very overcrowded with bikes, people and cats. Until we get a larger place, bike storage is going to be a problem. And it's only getting worse as winter comes in.
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I see your problem Roody. I know you live in an apartment but I live in a small house (small by U.S. standards) where everything has to come in through the front door. Fortunately we have a small yard at the rear with room to sit out in the Summer and two bike sheds.

Thought you guys all had basements in your apartment blocks to store stuff.
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I see your problem Roody. I know you live in an apartment but I live in a small house (small by U.S. standards) where everything has to come in through the front door. Fortunately we have a small yard at the rear with room to sit out in the Summer and two bike sheds.

Thought you guys all had basements in your apartment blocks to store stuff.
I do have a basement. That's where the neighbor kid stole one of my bikes. Well, "borrowed" it, since he did bring it back when I called the police. Now that they moved out and the locks have been changed, I'll probably start taking the bikes down there again.
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My current apartment comes with a private one-car garage, which has been great. Before that, I was living in an upstairs apartment in a two family house. My "bike room" was the landing halfway up the stairs. Not ideal, but better than in the middle of the living room
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Right now the place I work has a parking garage and I can lock up without getting right into it (the air tends to be nasty in parking garages...). It's nice that the bike is spared direct downpours and snowdrifts though.

At home, I have a one-car garage and no car, so I keep all the bikes there.

Bike parking can be a bit of an issue though in heavily populated areas. Providing parking for bicycles can be a lot cheaper than setting up garages in the basement of big buildings. For landlords who don't have car parking, a bike room could attract some nice tenants.
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I have a room for bikes in my apartment. The landlord calls it the dining room, but it's full of bicycles instead.

At work, my bikes have been parked:
In the TV production studio
In the break-room
Next to my cubicle
Locked to a railing outside
In a corner of the hallway
In a corner of the room I worked in
In the parking garage in a separate building
In a corner of the floor I was on, and I took the freight elevator to the ground
In the bike rack outside.
In a dead-end hallway
In a closet in the back of the restaurant
Near the shipping dock
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Bike rooms are nice, but I'm picky about security. If I was allowed to use the outside storage where I live (I'm not, and kind of angry about it) I would put my old mixte in there, and my roommate would park her junker there too. The soma would continue to stay inside the house.

Work is fine, I work with 3 other guys (who don't bike) and there is plenty of room for my bike in the back. Don't really need a bike room there. But if I did change jobs, parking the soma out on the street every day, all day, is pretty much asking for it to get stolen. I would have to find another option.

Having a space for bikes is a necessity when I'm looking for a new place. Unfortunately, I can't be too picky about it since my first concern is if the place allows pets. Right now, I have my soma in front of my bedroom door and the mixte in the living room. But I also have my snakes, so I live with it.
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