Letters to the Editor, Sept. 26

If it wasn’t broke…

The following is an open letter addressed to ST/PCV management regarding the renovation of the bike rooms.

I’m sorry but the bike storage changes in 250/240/405 are really unacceptable if you consider them finished, and now my three year old daughter has gotten hurt because we have two adult bikes standing in our living room, as we have had for more than a month longer than your posted notice suggested we should expect to.

You’ve replaced rails that allowed dozens and dozens of bicycles to be locked easily at the frame with one floor rack that has room for about seven bikes to be locked near the floor. These floor racks make it more difficult to lock any part of the bike, even just the wheel, to anything, and as you probably know, bikes locked at points other than on the frame are far easier to steal. This non-replacement of the decent, old, and capacious railings has carried on for more than two months since CW representative Brian Moriarty said that tenants “would be able to store them under the same conditions that they were previously stored.”

If you believe that the old rails allowed for problems to arise in how passable the open spaces of the bike rooms are, I would point out several things:

1. I didn’t ask, but I never saw any building staff having any problems passing through the open areas of the bike room even while carting large items.

2. It’s very obvious that replacement rails could be installed in such a way that even full of bikes they take up about half the space the old rails did.

3. Any difficulty at all in passing through the open areas of the bike room was created by two things:  First, the landlord’s own elimination of about 80 percent of floor capacity and about 50 percent of bike storage capacity several years ago when the private storage units were introduced, and second, the landlord’s indifference to how many bikes were stored. And of course now, that last problem is even less of an excuse, since you now require all bikes to be registered. I’ll note that trekking bikes to the Oval (during only certain limited hours) to be registered so that they’re allowed to be stored in the bike rooms is no small ordeal for anyone, much less for my family of four who owns four bicycles.

Please immediately re-install in our bike room rails that allow dozens more bikes to be easily locked by the frame.

Thank you,
David Dartley, ST

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Bikes soon will only be allowed to be stored in designated areas, after bike room cleanups

By Sabina Mollot

Residents who own bikes may want to take note: Bikes that have been left parked outdoors in Stuyvesant Town have had their chains and locks cut by public safety officers. Additionally, numerous other bikes have been getting moved in preparation for bike room cleanups and “reorganization.”

Brian Moriarty, a rep for CWCapital, said this is “all part of a reorganization of the designated bike storage.”
Part of this reorganization means that once management is done working on bike/carriage rooms, residents will only be allowed to park their bikes in designated spaces to be established after they register their bikes with the public safety department.

Earlier this month, a couple of residents reported witnessing bikes being removed from outdoor spots on the ST-PCV Facebook page. Then on Monday, numerous other bikes were moved by a PCVST management vehicle into the basement between 435 and 445 East 14th Street, a resident passing by noticed.

Moriarty added that a notice has been issued to residents at 622/624 East 14th Street stating that cleaning and reorganizing of the bike room there will begin on August 2 and will likely conclude on August 15. In the meantime, bikes and other property in the space must be removed before the work starts or the items will be removed by security on August 2. The work includes plastering and painting, stripping and waxing the floors and repairing or replacing iron railings that store bikes or the installation of additional bike hooks as needed.

The notice also goes on to say that along with only being allowed to park registered bikes in designated spots, residents will also “not be permitted to chain bikes together; chain them to plumbing fixtures, electrical boxes, deluxe storage units, etc. Signage will indicate the designated areas to store bikes… Additionally, any unregistered bikes found stored in the bike areas will be removed.”

Though the notice did not mention whether or not bike storage would continue to be free, Moriarty indicated it would be.

“They would be able to store them under the same conditions that they were previously stored,” he said.