How to approach an employer about bike parking?

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ieverhart
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Dwillen: When I was at Rice I saw a number of professors with decently expensive bikes who brought them into their offices with them. Come to think of it, I started bringing in my less-fancy bike into my dorm room after I started getting tired of it getting rained on–a task easier in my stairs-only building when I was on the first floor than when I was on the third. (I once got yelled at for rolling my bike on a carpeted interior hallway but the building manager calmed down when I hoisted it on my shoulder and then set it on the ground upside down.)

Of course, every institution has its own policies, and this isn’t a good solution for people with limited office space (let alone visitors), but unless there’s someone monitoring the entrance (sorry, I’m not that familiar with the buildings in question) if you’re quick in getting to and from your office, it would probably work, at least for the short term.


Lyle
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It’s funny — people get all worked up about bicycle tires on indoor carpets, but there’s no less crap on the soles of my feet than on my bike tires.


dwillen
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There isn’t much carpet in BST3, only in conference rooms and offices. On normal days I do not encounter carpet, and certainly wouldn’t wheel/park my bike through any. There is pretty tight security though, 24/7 human guard at all the entrances, checking IDs. I doubt I could smuggle my bike in if someone told him/her that bikes aren’t okay to bring inside.


rsprake
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Lyle, I was just going to post the very same thing. My bike is parked right in front of my desk and the only time I ever really worry about it being too dirty is in the winter and there is ice caked to the fenders and down tube.


Lyle
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This morning I saw that Public Works was removing all the trash cans from the 5th/Craig area, presumably elsewhere too. During rush hour — great planning guys.

So for the next week, people will just throw their trash in the street. This city is going to be a sty.

If trash cans are really a huge public threat (maybe they’re worried that someone will put a bomb in them, or use them for battering rams, or just throw them in the street?) can’t they be replaced with some kind of “prison-safe” flimsy disposable trash cans?


rsprake
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erok
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delivery guys track more stuff in than bikes.

If people chain themselves to it, it would be harder for law enforcement to deal with versus the one-bolt parking meter.

no one is going to chain themselves to a bike rack or a parking meter. the point of chaining yourself to something is to prevent something from happening. usually, preventing people or vehicles from passing. so, people tend to chain themselves to doors, across roads, etc. not only would the media make fun of someone who chained themselves to a bike rack, other protesters would as well


dwillen
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Yep, I noticed this morning that there was no USPS mailbox in front of the old Children’s Hospital (last week there were at least a couple of them). I walked all the way up the hill to mail a birthday card.

On my way back down, I scouted out the bike parking in the UPMC ramp. Indeed, they have two car parking spaces blocked off with a bike rack in there, sweet!

So uhh, yea.. if only those wall spots weren’t taken…

Since I was up there, I took a different entrance into my building complete with some signage circa 1972:

Maybe the university wants us to park here?:


Willie
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Im guessing that last one is for the hover bikes.


rsprake
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Ha ha. You should totally lock up your bike up there.


dwillen
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I would, but it is gone now. I’m guessing it was either (a) kids or (b) they wanted to haul it away, and just put it on top of that thing so nobody would use it until they had a truck or whatever to haul it.


erok
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are there any missing in the area? it looks like the tomb of the unknown bike rack


dwillen
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There are quite a few racks over there by the library. I didn’t take a census pre-bike-rack-tomb, so I have no idea if it was moved back to its home, or taken away.

I guess you could go and look for it, it seems like it may have a distinguishing sticker?


pistat
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“across roads”

… Was my point. I’m interpreting their actions based on press releases. I don’t know how one suppresses peaceful or violent protesters. I have no degrees in homeland security, so I can only guess. And the removal of mailboxes and trashcans has left me at a complete loss. Seems a bit extreme…. Bombs, I suppose?


ieverhart
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I was at a college graduation where Hillary Clinton (under Secret Service protection) was receiving an honorary degree, and the openings on mailboxes at least right around where she was going to be passing were locked from after Friday’s mail pickup, through Saturday’s commencement, until Monday. It seemed like a realistic anti-bomb precaution, and surely much cheaper than trucking them to a warehouse somewhere.


salty
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Well, it figures, I put my two weeks notice in yesterday and then got an email from our HR person saying that a bike rack has finally been installed in our building. It’s covered parking, inside the garage, even…

I feel badly since one of the other guys who rode in also left last month, so with me gone there’s only one other bike commuter left. I hope the building management (and my company, which paid part of the cost) doesn’t conclude it was a waste of money because no one is using it. Would it be possible for someone from bike-pgh to send them a “thanks for your support” letter or something like that?

On the positive side, I’ll probably be bike commuting every day instead of once a week – even if I won’t get quite the same sense of satisfaction from my new flat 1-mile ride as the hilly 14-miler I have now. Either way it adds up to 100-150 less driving miles per week for me, which is a pretty staggering number!


erok
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where do you work again?


salty
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Omega Building, on 60 about a half mile past the 79 interchange. Seriously, if bike pgh could send some sort of “thank you” letter I think it would mean a lot, I feel guilty about whining about it for months then splitting when it finally gets done…

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