Bicycle apartments

Jonathan Maus pointed out the bicycle amenities added to a condo conversion in Portland, OR that advertises “Central Bicycle Storage Room with Direct Outside Access.”

That reminded me of The Bicycle Apartments in Bloomington, Indiana that I mentioned a couple of years ago. They still seem to market themselves as “a new kind of apartment concept” with units that are “specially designed to accommodate those people who do not own a motorized vehicle. Bicycles will be provided at the request of any adult resident.”

I pay extra for a garage that I use as a storage unit and parking for the (currently) 11 bikes in my family (that number includes two review units, my son’s old bike that I need to sell or give away, and my broken Centurion).

If you live in an apartment or other smaller development, what kind of bike storage and access features do you have?

62 Comments

  • Nettabird
    December 11, 2008 - 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I drag my 40-pound bicycles up to my third-floor apartment and moved the couch over to make space. My fiance keeps his bike in the kitchen for the winter because he doesn't use it much. He'd've brought it over to his parents' house but we don't have a car so he still needs it sometimes.We'd keep them locked up on the bike rack provided by the landlord, but we live in campus party central so they tend to get messed with on the rack.

  • Nettabird
    December 11, 2008 - 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I drag my 40-pound bicycles up to my third-floor apartment and moved the couch over to make space. My fiance keeps his bike in the kitchen for the winter because he doesn't use it much. He'd've brought it over to his parents' house but we don't have a car so he still needs it sometimes.We'd keep them locked up on the bike rack provided by the landlord, but we live in campus party central so they tend to get messed with on the rack.

  • Nettabird
    December 11, 2008 - 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I drag my 40-pound bicycles up to my third-floor apartment and moved the couch over to make space. My fiance keeps his bike in the kitchen for the winter because he doesn't use it much. He'd've brought it over to his parents' house but we don't have a car so he still needs it sometimes.We'd keep them locked up on the bike rack provided by the landlord, but we live in campus party central so they tend to get messed with on the rack.

  • Adrienne Johnson
    December 11, 2008 - 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Our building is made up of 2 flats and a studio. The flats share the garage that takes up (almost) the entire ground floor. The couple in the other flat live on their bikes, so between the two flats we currently have 15!!!!!! bikes- hanging from hooks on the wall, hanging from pulley systems in the ceiling, littering the floor… we have all agreed to keep the huge garage a bike only zone and thus have storage and work space. I am very aware of my great good fortune.

  • Adrienne Johnson
    December 12, 2008 - 4:33 am | Permalink

    Our building is made up of 2 flats and a studio. The flats share the garage that takes up (almost) the entire ground floor. The couple in the other flat live on their bikes, so between the two flats we currently have 15!!!!!! bikes- hanging from hooks on the wall, hanging from pulley systems in the ceiling, littering the floor… we have all agreed to keep the huge garage a bike only zone and thus have storage and work space. I am very aware of my great good fortune.

  • Adrienne Johnson
    December 12, 2008 - 4:33 am | Permalink

    Our building is made up of 2 flats and a studio. The flats share the garage that takes up (almost) the entire ground floor. The couple in the other flat live on their bikes, so between the two flats we currently have 15!!!!!! bikes- hanging from hooks on the wall, hanging from pulley systems in the ceiling, littering the floor… we have all agreed to keep the huge garage a bike only zone and thus have storage and work space. I am very aware of my great good fortune.

  • nickhacks
    December 12, 2008 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Thankfully I live in the midwest where the cost of living is relatively low. My roommate and I share the upper of a 3 bdr duplex and the smallest bedroom is full of bicycles, computers, and some other junk. If I add to my stable, I will probably get some sort of vertical wall racks (freestanding so I don't lose my security deposit) just for ease of access.

    I don't want my bicycles outside even under a tarp and will always try and compensate for 'bicycle space' inside when looking for a place to live.

    I kinda wish I had a garage tho so I could get some larger bikes like tandems, trikes, and xtracycles.. but I would NOT want to carry those sorts of bikes up stairs and thru the doorways.

  • nickhacks
    December 12, 2008 - 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Thankfully I live in the midwest where the cost of living is relatively low. My roommate and I share the upper of a 3 bdr duplex and the smallest bedroom is full of bicycles, computers, and some other junk. If I add to my stable, I will probably get some sort of vertical wall racks (freestanding so I don't lose my security deposit) just for ease of access.I don't want my bicycles outside even under a tarp and will always try and compensate for 'bicycle space' inside when looking for a place to live.I kinda wish I had a garage tho so I could get some larger bikes like tandems, trikes, and xtracycles.. but I would NOT want to carry those sorts of bikes up stairs and thru the doorways.

  • nickhacks
    December 12, 2008 - 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Thankfully I live in the midwest where the cost of living is relatively low. My roommate and I share the upper of a 3 bdr duplex and the smallest bedroom is full of bicycles, computers, and some other junk. If I add to my stable, I will probably get some sort of vertical wall racks (freestanding so I don't lose my security deposit) just for ease of access.I don't want my bicycles outside even under a tarp and will always try and compensate for 'bicycle space' inside when looking for a place to live.I kinda wish I had a garage tho so I could get some larger bikes like tandems, trikes, and xtracycles.. but I would NOT want to carry those sorts of bikes up stairs and thru the doorways.

  • nickhacks
    December 12, 2008 - 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Thankfully I live in the midwest where the cost of living is relatively low. My roommate and I share the upper of a 3 bdr duplex and the smallest bedroom is full of bicycles, computers, and some other junk. If I add to my stable, I will probably get some sort of vertical wall racks (freestanding so I don't lose my security deposit) just for ease of access.I don't want my bicycles outside even under a tarp and will always try and compensate for 'bicycle space' inside when looking for a place to live.I kinda wish I had a garage tho so I could get some larger bikes like tandems, trikes, and xtracycles.. but I would NOT want to carry those sorts of bikes up stairs and thru the doorways.

  • Galen
    December 13, 2008 - 2:11 am | Permalink

    Two bedroom apartment in Redondo Beach, CA, my roommate's bike is on the tiny patio and gets pretty dusty. My two are inside leaning against the wall for easy access. I'd love to get fancy with some wall mounts, but the landlord might not like that. Also my mountain bike is sitting in the first floor parking garage waiting to be sold (unfortunately things tend to get stolen from down there if left unattended for too long).

  • Galen
    December 13, 2008 - 9:11 am | Permalink

    Two bedroom apartment in Redondo Beach, CA, my roommate's bike is on the tiny patio and gets pretty dusty. My two are inside leaning against the wall for easy access. I'd love to get fancy with some wall mounts, but the landlord might not like that. Also my mountain bike is sitting in the first floor parking garage waiting to be sold (unfortunately things tend to get stolen from down there if left unattended for too long).

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