Bike law change #13: Require all employers to provide secure bicycle parking

Okay, so I lied. Yesterday I said I’d put up one final post in this series, for a total of 12. But this one is too important to leave off — even if it does leave me with an unlucky 13.

Because no effort to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes — not even financial inducements — will succeed unless bike commuters have a safe and secure place to put their bikes. But many employers and commercial landlords refuse to accommodate riders by providing a place to park their bikes or allowing riders to take their bikes into their offices with them.

And a simple bike rake on the sidewalk is nowhere near adequate, as anyone could tell you who has ever seen a wheel locked to a bike rack with the frame missing, or a frame missing its seat and wheels. Or worse, a severed chain or lock laying on the concrete, no longer attached to anything.

Then there’s the problem of leaving a bike exposed to the weather all day — not to mention the pigeons and seagulls that are so abundant around here.

So let’s require that every employer — no matter how large or small — provide safe and secure onsite bicycle parking for all their employees, whether in the form of bike lockers, a monitored section of the parking garage or a locked bike room. Or as an alternative, that employees be allowed to secure their bikes within their own work area as long as they are onsite.

 

Don’t forget tomorrow’s inaugural Bike Town Beta. And the Daily Breeze reports on the problems — and possible solutions — regarding the Ballona Creek bike path (thanks to Curbed LA for the link).

One comment

  1. When I got this job a year ago, I first parked my bike in the provided wheel-bender rack (albeit at least in the parking garage, not out in the open). But after the second occurrence of my bike being in a different position than I’d left it (I assume from attempted thefts or just asshats with nothing better to do), I got permission from my company to keep my bike directly in my office and that’s how I’ve rolled since.

    I noticed recently the bike racks were upgraded to the bolted down u-shaped racks, which is an improvement, but the bikes are still somewhat isolated and readily accessible to predation.

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