February 24, 2016 at 4:52 pm #809301
I bought a pretty sexy road bike recently, and would like to figure out a way to commute with it from time to time. I work on the east edge of the financial district, and unfortunately the office tower I work in has a pretty strict no bike policy so I can’t bring it in with me.
I applied to the City for a bike locker rental (there are six outside St. Lawrence Market), but unfortunately am 15th on the waiting list. There is a secure facility at the bottom of York, but that is $23 a month for 4 months, and about 1.5km from my office – far enough and costly enough that I need to think twice about if it is worth it, as I work basically right beside King Subway station. Leaving it outside is not a non-starter, and the private underground lots in the area don’t seem to be an option.
Anyone have other suggestions?February 24, 2016 at 5:10 pm #809302
Easy, buy another bike!February 24, 2016 at 5:24 pm #809303
Also, is there underground parking in your building? Sometimes that’s an option. I know of people who have petitioned their office building to install bike racks. If you can get your company on board it can make that a bit easier.February 25, 2016 at 9:10 pm #809316
Took me about 6 months to get to the front of the Toronto bike locker mailing list about a year ago…so definitely sign up you’ll get to the front faster than you think. 6 months is a while, but it’s not THAT long of a while…
The parking lot at FCP (Exchange/BMO building) has ok vertical bike racks in its underground parking lot that are in full view of the lot attendants. Take a scope of it and see what you think.
KFebruary 26, 2016 at 10:10 am #809319
Yeah, I wouldn’t lock up anything you’d be sad to lose. You can find great commuters for less than 600 bucks, which if you get a year out of them will save you money over taking (horrible) public transit for a year. Heck you could buy a new one every year and still be saving money!
I’m assuming you can’t bring the bike up a freight elevator or anything?February 26, 2016 at 11:10 am #809320
Thanks for the replies guys!
Micah – I like your thinking on both points, but I’m not willing to admit defeat on the road bike just yet, and getting the building to install secure bike storage is… a work in progress that I am not overly hopeful for.
Somers – Mind if I ask what location you were on the waiting list for? There are only six lockers at St. Lawrence so a waiting list 15 deep was a bit discouraging. Great tip on FCP – that is very close to my office. Do you not need to be a tenant to use those racks though?
jcitizen – Yeah, I am trying to sweet talk our security guy to turn a blind eye and let me a) use the service entrance/elevator or b) use the back entrance and the stairs. However, I figure it will take one courier to copy me and a subsequent complaint before that would come to an end.
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