Monday, February 25, 2008

Got A Rack?

A bike rack, that is.

I've spent the last few weeks storing my bicycle in my third-floor apartment, lugging it up and down the stairs or using the tiny elevator when I am too weak to carry it. I don't mind this too much, but as I continue to furnish my apartment, the presence of my rusty, three-speed Schwinn Breeze is becoming more of a nuisance (read: serious eyesore).

It seems to be an unnecessary one considering there is this gigantic space downstairs in the lobby:

It houses our mailboxes and little else.

Sometimes, people leave free things in the corner near the door.

I found out from a tenant who moved in five years ago that Playa Vista's original plan had been to install a rack there, but apparently that hasn't come to fruition. Is it bureaucracy, budget, or simple neglect?

Do many Downtown apartment buildings have indoor bike racks? It certainly doesn't seem to be very high on the list of generally-sought amenities. Does your building/complex have bike racks at all, anywhere?


  1. I asked my building to install a bike rack in the basement/garage a long time ago but it has not yet happened. Maybe someday. Right now my bike is in my apartment too. Gets in the way most of the time.

  2. It's sad to see so much wasted space. I wonder if the letter-a-day strategy from The Shawshank Redemption would help. An email a week, maybe a gentle note on the rent check? Sigh.

  3. Hmmm... can you post new pictures of your 'furnished' apartment? Please do share... recently I have this urge to move into a condo, but monetary restrictions has to a hamper to that.