SF Supervisor: Bikes in office buildings

San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos wants city legislation to allow bikes to be parked in doors in commercial buildings.



Avalos says he’s had four bikes, three of which were stolen from him. He’s owned and used his current bike for 10 years now.

Can you imagine the outcry of 75% of cars were stolen over a lifetime?

San Francisco parking garages (city owned and private parking garages) are required by city code to provide bicycle parking space. City code also requires bike parking for certain new and renovated buildings, along with lockers and showers for workers.

Via Jenny Oh.

9 Comments

  • August 5, 2011 - 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Like :) of course i just bring my bike in and it’s never been a problem. even in hotels.

  • August 5, 2011 - 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I am fortunate to be able to bring my bike into my cube, though I know in the past it was not allowed in my building.

  • Anonymous
    August 5, 2011 - 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Another way to look at it is he’s lost $600 to theft in ten years. How many years does it take to equal a stolen Bentley? I fear that doorway parking invites further backlash. I’d rather see real standards for bike locking equipment.

  • August 5, 2011 - 11:13 pm | Permalink

    There is no indication from this story how much his bikes cost.  Where is the $600 coming from?  I think that bike lockers would be better than his solution.  It can be a pain going in and out of a building with a bicycle.

  • Anonymous
    August 5, 2011 - 11:25 pm | Permalink

    I think JohnnyK and I are in agreement. Bike lockers would definitely meet standard.
    The $600 is the total price of any three of my commute bikes – except for the one I’m currently riding daily which cost $1400 all by itself. I bought IT originally for a commute that ran 200 miles per week. We don’t know how far the supervisor rides or how securely he locks his bike, either. Further, for all we know, he got the first two stolen from a playground when he was six.
    I’m not saying it is right, but police mostly view bikes as cheap toys.

  • August 6, 2011 - 12:39 am | Permalink

    Does anyone have experience with BikeLids? What kind of locks do you use? Anyone else had a bike stolen from one?

  • August 6, 2011 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    The Bikes in Buildings law in New York is fantastic.  I take my bike through the freight entrance and directly up to my office. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/bikesinbuildings.shtml

  • August 6, 2011 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    The Bikes in Buildings law in New York is fantastic.  I take my bike through the freight entrance and directly up to my office. http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/bikesinbuildings.shtml

  • bikesgonewild
    August 6, 2011 - 7:18 pm | Permalink

    …perhaps the actual solution needs be better thought out but the intention is “spot, fricking, on”

    …props to sf supe john avalos  for at least realizing that it’s an issue that needs to be addressed properly…if you work in a large office building, your commuter bike, whatever it’s nature, be it fancy or funky, should be given the same consideration as the boss’s mercedes, not stuffed in a corner were it may or may not be safe…

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