For five years I was spoiled; I rented a house with a detached garage that I could easily pull my bike in and out of. Last year, I moved back into an apartment complex. Granted, my complex actually accommodates bicycles with providing a bicycle storage “closet”. This was great in the beginning when no one realized it was there and I had it pretty much to myself. Now, I’m sharing a space the size of a walk-in closet with 8 other bicycles. If only those people who never ride would move their bikes to the back!
Yet, I guess I’ve learned something from my frustration: the next place I live will have ample bicycle storage accommodations, even if that means building it myself.
Something that sparked my imagination on this topic was an article I came across about redesigning a home for bike-lovers. The architect in charge of the redesign was observant and noticed the inhabitants had parked their bikes in their living room and really needed a place to store their bikes – other than in their living room! Opening up the floor plan and adding on a garage with separated bike storage, racks, and enough room to hose down and make some minor bike repairs resolved the issue.
This article lead to further research and other bike-friendly home designs. I came across a simple addition to a front yard; adding a bike rack so that you can park your bike outside during pleasant weather (in California, that would be about 11 months out of the year!) The only thing I’d add to this home in my neighborhood would be a front gate. I’m not so sure I’d feel comfortable leaving my bike out front overnight.
And finally, if I’m ever in Portland, I’ll be sure to borrow a few tips from The Friendly Bike Guest House, a lodging in Portland, Oregon that accommodates bicyclists. They provide indoor bike parking and tools for minor bike repairs.
Have you modified your living area to accommodate your bike?