The story of our bike rack at work, or so we thought. I work in the same building as other businesses like Desire2Learn, now Google and others, but I work for Communitech. Our original bike rack for the Tannery dwellers was at first made up of those basic steel racks that you find in front of shopping malls and other general places of business, meant for outside use really. They worked just fine. Then one day I came in and found all of these wonderfully mounted red tire hangers you see to the right here. A neat improvement and a certain hit with the regulars. There are only really a few of us that cycle through the winter, so they have larger gone unnoticed, but I am sure feedback will come when spring and summer hit.
Fast forward about 3 months and over the Christmas break, a new beast is installed. Boy, we are excited when it first arrives! Big! Blue! Lockable! Adjustable! Everything you could ever want! Can’t wait to apply to get a key for this awesomeness! Check out the pics!
So the first day the door was unlocked. Awesome. Had to tried it out, right? Put my bike in there and was thoroughly impressed with myself and the rack. Excellent. Now where do I get that passcard or key?
The sign on the left says “Sorry for any inconvenience, As of tomorrow January 7, 2011 Bike Space will be locked and is for Google Employees ONLY. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR BIKES”. In case you weren’t sure, they added a second sign. Colourful though.
I happened to run in to a Google employee the other day and he was actually quite embarrased of the whole situation and how exclusionary it seems to be. We do have perfectly acceptable spaces for our bikes, so I can’t be too upset. He said when they asked the employees before they moved there what they wanted for bikes, they suggested something secure and inside. That was it. What they got was the big cage. He said he would be happy with the racks we use and thought it was overkill what they received. Funny thing though, he doesn’t seem to park his bike with the rest of us common folk.