With the price of gasoline rising, daily traffic snarls, a desire to live a healthier life and the responsibility to lessen the effect of one's carbon footprint, there are many reasons to own a bike. Buying the bike is just the beginning. Bicycles today are not cheap—some can cost more than the price of a used car, which brings to mind the security of our valuable two-wheelers. In a residential development other issues arise such as the wear-and-tear on the building. Even if a small percentage of residents in a complex have a bicycle...those bikes’ comings-and-goings will bear their mark on the floors, the interior of the elevators and the hallway walls.
On the surface, owning a bicycle may not seem like a complex subject, but when issues are examined the long term effects of residential bicycle ownership is reviewed, it can turn into a major headache, and a big bone of contention for managers.
Consider, for instance, recent comments to a bicyclist’s blog query about storage; responses range from the practical to the whimsical:
“Hang the front tire over the patio rail.”
“One hundred percent ‘no’ to bike storage areas. You can just kiss your bike goodbye if you store it there.”