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Commuting in DC: Bike storage advice(10 posts)

Commuting in DC: Bike storage adviceNovaracer
Apr 15, 2003 7:58 AM
Hey all,
I've been bike commuting to work in downtown dc for about 8
months now and have been storing my bike in my office without a problem. This morning, the security guards were waiting for me and prevented me from going up the elevator. They said the building has a "no bike" policy at any time under any circumstances. I've been seeking avenues of compromise internally, but in the likely event that doesn't work out, does anyone have any suggestions for storage of my bike that does not include locking it to a bike rack outside?
re: Commuting in DC: Bike storage adviceMJ
Apr 15, 2003 8:03 AM
some people here use local parking garages (or their own buildings) garage - internal compromise sounds the best way - get a good lock and/or a SS/fixte beater - good luck
Secont the parking garage.MB1
Apr 15, 2003 8:13 AM
In my experience most downtown DC buildings have secure bike parking in their garage somewhere. If that doesn't work try the WABA web site for commuter help.
Apr 15, 2003 9:23 AM
There may even be some sort of DC Code provision on this. The garage at my building (at metro center) has bike racks on every level and I know it's not the only one that does so. Many folks, myself included, just leave a lock attached to the rack so we don't have to carry it back and forth each day.

The WABA site is also a good suggestion.

Third, a recent issue of Spokes (a free cycling oriented paper that's available in most area bike shops) had an article on commuting (which I think they are making a regular feature now)--it may have some helpful numbers or links for you.
Apr 15, 2003 9:49 AM
Okay, the garage seems like the popular answer. The internal dialogue petered out quickly. THe management company is being intransigent. The actual rule is no bikes on the elevators, but the security guards said no bikes in the building, which is now the rule for all intents and purposes.
What building at Metro Centre? I work at 12th an Penn, so if my building doesn't have suitable provisions, maybe I'll skip over to yours.
PS: Thanks to all for the suggestions. Anybody have a ss beater to sell cheap?
Pretty close--F between 12th & 13th.djg
Apr 15, 2003 10:50 AM
My garage entrance is on 12th, just south of F street. The garage is well attended and the guys who run it are friendly (maybe because I drive 1-2 days per week and always tip when I do, but I'm inclined to think they are good guys any way).

You're pretty close if you're at 12th and Penn. OTOH, there are many garages in the intervening couple of blocks and it pays to find the most convenient one that has appropriate facilities.

FWIW, we cannot bring our bikes in through the lobby (much less to our offices) either. Given the secure garage parking, I don't mind.
No bikes on elevators . . .ms
Apr 15, 2003 1:21 PM
My building (in Baltimore) no longer will let me bring my bike through the front lobby and on the public elevators. However, I can bring my bike to my office through the garage and the freight elevator. You should ask if you can do something similar. Maybe your building is not open to reason, but a bike is much less of a nuisance on an elevator (or damaging to it) that the hand carts and other things that the FedEx and UPS guys use. How do they and other delivery people get their stuff to offices in the building?
re: check garagecyclopathic
Apr 15, 2003 8:42 AM
one in my building has racks and it is free. :)
re: Commuting in DC: Bike storage adviceFredrico
Apr 15, 2003 8:56 AM
A bike takes up so little space, the nearest parking garage might take it without charge, or with a very minimal charge. I commuted to the World Bank for awhile, and left my bike in the office of the parking garage attendant. It helped that he was from Africa, where bikes are primary transportation.

What are the security people afraid of, that you might have explosives packed in the tubes of your frame? I've never understood why, if building management must allow access to people in wheelchairs, they get uptight about bicycles? What's the difference, in terms of space taken up, wheel tracks, people bumping against, whatever?

As a tenant of the building, there's no excuse for not allowing your bike up into your space. I wish you success in getting fools to see the folly of their irrational ways.
ask to see the policy...dante
Apr 15, 2003 9:37 AM
offer to "wait" if they don't know where to find it. :) Otherwise if you're friendly with the top boss in your office, speak with him about it, maybe he can have a little chat with the building manager. You'd be amazed at what "exceptions" can be made if the right people ask for them...

No help other than that, if it's bad enough, get a beater bike.