Re: Bike Storage
From: Laura Fitch (
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:58:06 -0700 (PDT)
Must be the season!  We just cleared our bike room out from 19 years of
bike related detritus - bikes from renters long moved out, bikes of grown
children in college, bikes of unknown origins, bikes of lost
lovers, unicycles, racks, carts, etc.  Now we are registering bike parking
spaces, installing better wall hooks, and generally making a first class
bike room out of our bike dump!  Good luck with yours!

Pioneer Valley Cohousing

On Friday, October 25, 2013, Sharon Villines wrote:

> Remember bikes. We moved in with built space for 12 bikes. We now have 45
> and still growing. Younger and younger people are moving in and children
> are growing up to the age where they require full-sized bikes.
> More people commute to work on bikes so storage on balconies and in
> basements is even more inconvenient.
> We need space for two bikes per unit. While many households will only have
> one car, many will have two bikes. With two children, 4 bikes. With two per
> unit, the people with no bikes can then lend or rent their spaces.
> That's what we do for parking -- one space per unit. People without cars
> rent the space to a commuter, rent it to another unit with two cars, or
> lend the space to guests. We now even reserve unused parking spaces on the
> community calendar.
> We can't (or shouldn't) convert unused parking to bike storage, however,
> because having a parking space adds considerable value to urban housing.
> For some buyers and residents no parking is a deal breaker. It is also a
> safety feature for people who work all hours of the night and don't want to
> search for a space on the street.
> So build bike storage.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED-BD+C
Kraus-Fitch Architects
110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  01002
lfitch [at]

Board Member, Cohousing Association of US

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