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.
David Dartley, ST