downtown INDOOR bike parking?



downtown INDOOR bike parking?

indoor-bike-parkingAccording to this post at GCPVD, the renovated Mercantile Block (an AS220 building on Washington St) will include 20 indoor bicycle parking spaces.  Does anyone reading this know more?  Will these spaces be reserved only for residents of the building, or will some be made available to downtown bike commuters who prefer not to leave their bikes outside all day locked to a hitch or a signpost?  This would be a nice source of regular income for the building if a number of spaces were rented out.  Regardless, this is a thoughtful bit of planning, and one that other developments should emulate.


  • Nov 14, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I'm not sure who the bike parking is for, I was under the impression it was for tenants as the bike spaces are the ONLY parking for the building, which is a pretty big deal as far as zoning is concerned. I can ask for some clarification.

    It being an AS220 building, I assume parking of bikes for customers will also be a part of the equation. The back alley, Martha Street, dead ends behind the Mercantile Block, and that affords an opportunity to use part of Martha Street for bike parking.

  • Kristi Gelnett, AIA,
    Nov 16, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Jef is correct in that the 20 spaces are reserved for tenants and their guests. AS220 would love to have more interior room for bikes, but we had limited space and utilized as much as we could.

    We have put in a request for several more bike racks on Washington Street, and will definitely be looking into more bike parking along Martha Street once that area begins to take shape.

  • Nov 18, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I offered to open a free semi-indoor central lot capable of securing (claim checks) hundreds of bikes for the public, but that went nowhere, like most of the things that I've done on behalf of area cyclists.

    Frankly, there is no significant support of cycling locally, despite all your rhetoric. Listen… you want your rightful share of taxpayer dollars, but you aren't getting it. You can't even articulate what that means. How much? "Who gets?" is obvious… the engineering firms and insiders scoop it all up.

    For example, hundreds of millions go to the arts nationwide through the NEA, but it doesn't wind up with artists doing art, rather, it winds up in the deep, deep pockets of nonprofit CEOs, who vacation in Europe.

    Profiteering has to end before public service can be attended.