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Old 08-30-04, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by 3cannondales
One day, I asked him how he felt about all the riders. He said he hates them, wishes they would stop, and he better not see me riding there!
Surely he jests, if I had an employer who was trying to tell me how to live my life outside of work, I'd seriously reconsider whether I wanted to work for them any longer.
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Old 08-30-04, 09:45 PM
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It's pretty good here. I couldn't get a spot on the rack today it was so full. It's in the locked, private carpark. We have a good shower room, too, and lockers, although not quite enough for everyone. Only problem: The hot water service is programmed to supply hot water for n-1 showers, where 'n' is the number of people requiring it.
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Old 08-31-04, 01:15 AM
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Could be better. We have a fixed rack for about 7 bikes (300 people work in this building) and a "rack" that holds another 10 but is not fastened to anything. There are maybe 12 summer commuters, so during peak season late morning commuters (that's me!) will have to be creative about where to lock their bikes, as the proper rack is quickly filled with bikes. Fortunately there are quite a few posts, rails etc. in the semi-secure, CCTV monitored backyard to lock your bike into.

We have two showers and a sauna in the building. I have never used them, because there are no lockers. Lack of properly ventilated lockers is also the only reason I don't commute by bike during the proper winter months. I can hang summer gear (shorts and a t-shirt) discreetly in my own room, but a whole winter riding set - no way.

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Old 08-31-04, 01:55 AM
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I'm a Bay Area .bomb guy. When I had a good tech job we had showers, and cubicle parking was ok. Now that the industry has turned around, and I'm changing careers/going to school/IT guy for a small company... we have no showers, and no commuters. It seems corporate enviornments have a positive attitude to fitness(sigh).
BUT, I make it a point to use my GF's office shower(ok with the bosses since they are awesome) or use my buddies shower on the days I can't make it to the other one. In other words, I think that even if your office/work place dosen't have the services available(aka showers/bikeracks) you can always find an alernative.
Koffee has a situation that could work for folks that don't have facilities that make the grade...join a gymn near work, and make your commute end there for shower time.
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Old 08-31-04, 02:03 AM
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Companies are very good- as a fitness instructor, they will, of course, have shower facilities, and I am always encouraged to do as much cycling related activities and encourage members to participate also. So time off for cycling trips are actually seen as a bonus to them, since they can see that I am genuinely interested in cycling. It also helps to get me into shape too, so I don't end up being a 200 pound lard-o too. I got the sauna at one club, but jacuzzis and other luxery items at other clubs. I only work at the private clubs, so I can get access to nice facilities, and they give us discounts on the stuff they sell too.

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Just curious Koffee...but is being a fitness instructor, and a cyclist have any conflicts? I would immagine that if "working out" was your job, then getting on a bike would be like "work" somehow? Then again, I'm n00b cycleguy...and still, well...sit on my butt from time to time.
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Old 08-31-04, 06:14 AM
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The company I work for (600 or so employees) is good about fitness and health. They have a bike rack for 6 bikes bolted to the sidewalk, under a large eave, in front of a VP's window, so I feel safe parking my bike there-I always lock it but I feel it would be there at the end of the day if I did not lock it. We have one large, lockable shower. No one gives me any greif about riding in and many people offer me rides home when the weather is bad. I commute 2 or 3 days a week and I am the only one using these facilities.
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Old 08-31-04, 10:20 AM
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My company has showers and also a boiler room where I can store my bike. I hate leaving my bicycle outside on the rack. The president of the company even offered to let me keep my bicycle in her private garage if the boiler room ever got too crowded. Her son, who also is a director for the company, is also a cyclist and I ride with him quite often. He's been a good source for bikes and equipment! My co-workers are very used to me commuting -- I have been working at this company for 15 years and commuting for 11. There have been several people over the years who have commuted, but I have been the only consistent commuter. The only thing that causes people to be a little uncomfortable is that the shower is in a very small locker room and the shower has a glass door. The guys in the factory sometimes have to come in to change their shoes with me taking a shower right in front of them. It's not pretty!

I only have had one negative with my company and commuting. They don't allow me to have a locker in the locker room. Once upon a time, they said I could just take an open locker. I came in one morning to find the lock cut off and all of my things (hair dryer, toiletries, extra clothes, shoes, bike parts, etc..) had been thrown away. To my credit, I didn't make a big stink about it and it has paid off as I made some friends in the maintenance department over that one (they were the culprits).

The westerns burbs of Chicago are a wonderful place to commute -- lots of room along the roads, plenty of open space, and several forest preserves with bike paths (a lovely ride this morning in the fog through a forest preserve this morning, as a matter of fact).
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Old 08-31-04, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
The westerns burbs of Chicago are a wonderful place to commute -- lots of room along the roads, plenty of open space, and several forest preserves with bike paths (a lovely ride this morning in the fog through a forest preserve this morning, as a matter of fact).
Interesting because that's how I remember things from when I grew up in Naperville. However, others have stated that the western suburbs of Chicago is a hellhole for cycling. I used to commute from Naperville to my internship job at Fermilab in Batavia.
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Old 08-31-04, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by khuon
Interesting because that's how I remember things from when I grew up in Naperville. However, others have stated that the western suburbs of Chicago is a hellhole for cycling. I used to commute from Naperville to my internship job at Fermilab in Batavia.
Ahhhh, yes, then you are familiar with my commute. I live a few hundred yards from the eastern edge of Fermilab and commute to Downers Grove. My ride through the fog was in Blackwell Forest Preserve. Part of my normal route to/from is down Batavia Road -- the east gate for Fermilab. My neighborhood serves as the "gateway" for a lot of cyclists coming to/from Fermilab or to the Illinois Prairie Path because a beautiful road (Mack Road) dead ends into my neighborhood and Fermilab. It's the best way to get to the Fermilab gate. Bike clubs go right past my house all the time. It's wonderful when I want to catch a group ride on a Saturday or Sunday!

Chicago's western burbs are definitely not a hell hole for cycling, especially road cycling. I have a gorgeous 50+ mile route I do all the time. Winfield and Downers Grove have criterium championships every year, so you can race or watch the pros. It's a matter of perspective, I suppose.

Sorry for interupting this thread -- carry on!
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Old 08-31-04, 11:26 AM
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No bike love here. One rack and that's it. I have to change clothes in the bathroom stalls. Everyone asks me if I have a DUI or something, over and over....I am one of maybe 4 commuters out of 700.
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Old 08-31-04, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by colinm
No bike love here. One rack and that's it. I have to change clothes in the bathroom stalls. Everyone asks me if I have a DUI or something, over and over....I am one of maybe 4 commuters out of 700.
That's hilarious, mainly because it reminds me of the reaction I used to get when I first started commuting to work on my bike. Usually I was changing and showering in the locker room when the factory night shift was leaving and the factory day shift was starting. More than one guy thought (and asked me) that my wife had kicked me out.
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Old 08-31-04, 01:04 PM
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I am the only person that commutes in the Nashville branch, but it is great. They letme park my bicycle at my desk and we have shower stalls.
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Old 08-31-04, 01:29 PM
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4,000 employees, about a dozen fair weather riders, and only one shower in the executive wing - not very commuter friendly. At least the bike racks are under cover.
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Old 08-31-04, 01:53 PM
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Where I work has secure undercover bike parking, usually 10-15 bikes in the rack. The company only employees about 150 people, a lot also walk to work so not a bad ratio. 2 showers available for people to use as well. no decent storage are though for damp kit It does help that the Facilities manager cycles to work.

My previous employer, had showers and lockers as well as a secure bike parking area, had about 40 people ride to work out of 800employees. And to cap it all on Friday lunchtimes there was a 1 hour training bash, usually run at about 25+mph. Shame they couldn't meet my wage demands
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Originally Posted by colinm
No bike love here. One rack and that's it. I have to change clothes in the bathroom stalls. Everyone asks me if I have a DUI or something, over and over....I am one of maybe 4 commuters out of 700.
I've never had anyone aske me about DUI, but always wondered if that's what they were thinking. Wondering if I had a DUI or couldn't afford a car or something....sheez. oh well...maybe next time i'm up for a raise I should use the "can't afford a car for what you pay me" bit. hah..
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Originally Posted by jfz
They have a bike rack for 6 bikes bolted to the sidewalk, under a large eave, in front of a VP's window, so I feel safe parking my bike there
DOH! now the VEEP can see tell when you leave early!
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Old 08-31-04, 02:49 PM
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My workplace is a building located on a California State University campus, but operated by a federal governemt agency. My building has showers on the first floor, and we're allowed to keep our bikes anywhere that's out of the way. Several people just bring them inside and lean them agaisnt thier desks (my bike is leaning up against the back of my desk right now). Also, we're free to use the university's services, which includes outdoor bike racks (in a gated bike area with a security guard) and showers in the gym facilites.

We don't get any special monetary advantages for biking, but I still think it's a pretty bike-friendly environment.
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Old 08-31-04, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by crucible
It would be nice if they sprung for a bus pass, or a taxi for family emergencies- I'll ask them for it during my next preformance review.

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Here in the Minneapolis/St Paul area our Metro Transit has what they call the "Chain Gang" and it's free. They send you a commuter map, discounts on stuff, two free bus passes (Guaranteed ride home), and a bunch of other stuff... and it free!
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About 500 people, perhaps 10-15 who ride regularly. Plenty of showers for the men, only ONE for the women! It's a secure site (guards on the gate), so I just leave my bike under the emergency stairwell, unlocked, lights, computer etc. attached. Haven't had a problem yet!

A big advantage is one of the senior managers is also a bike commuter.
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One of the conditions of me getting hired by my current employer was a shower in the office...

I was well received in my group, since there is a triathlete, a marathon runner and another bike commuter.

Sadly, there is no safe place to lock our bikes. Today, somebody stole the seat quick release of my humble hydrid. I had to come home either in BMX position or "en danseuse".
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There's only four of us in the office, but I tallied up August's commute numbers and over 80% of our trips into work were by bike! No special facilities, but I can keep my bike in my office and have cleaned out a closet for a changing room.
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I only ride to work once a week as I trade off taking our daughter to school with my wife.
I work at a private high school. Full locker rooms for showering and a laundry to use if I need it! I have my own office and just park the bike in here with me! Funny thing is that there are no bike racks for students and you are not allowed to ride a bike on campus!

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Originally Posted by super-douper
DOH! now the VEEP can see tell when you leave early!

Actually he and I usually arrive at the same time, about an hour early!
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I'm quite lucky, I work at a university and a lot of students cycle, so there are plenty of places to secure the bike. However, I don't like leaving my bike outside so I bring it into the office and leave it in the hall (I can see it from my desk). If Health and Safety ever complain about it we have a storage room upstairs where I could lock it up. 2 of the people I work with cycle to work (they have folders) so I get no grief and my bike is watched when I'm not around. My only real complaint is that there are no showers in my building, but I keep wet wipes in the office (and if I was really desperate for a shower there is always the sports centre)!
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I work for a growing 50-person wideband communications startup. We have showers and ample places to park bicycles in the cavernous warehouse section of our building. (My parking spot is within the field of view of one of our closed-circuit security cameras!) Only one other guy commutes regularly by bike, but several of the noncommuters go mountain biking at lunch and/or after work.

I can easily avoid the only bicycle-hostile intersection (Palomar Airport Road @ Interstate 5) near my office.
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