bike commuters – facilities at work
Underground carpark, so the bike goes down there, locked to a sheffield stand.
Three showers (men, women, disabled). None of them are very regularly cleaned, though.
Nowhere to hang damp kit, so it goes in an archive box under my desk. Except today, I’ve forgotten to unpack it from my pannier which contains a damp towel. Nice.
Yep – you have it worse than me..!Posted 8 years agoportercloughMember
We’ve got a cellar people used to put bikes on wet days and some stands outside. However after new carpets were put down in the office we were banned from bringing bikes inside in case they muddied the carpets – no, I don’t know why shoes are meant to be ok but tyres not either.
We were told that a covered shelter would be built outside instead. When this was complete, it transpired it was much less secure, a plastic roof over a bolted down set of little things for putting your front wheel into, and nothing whatsoever to actually lock your bike to (the guys installing the new shelter actually spent days removing the perfectly fine steel stands that were concreted into the floor). Must have cost thousands and the situation is worse than before.
Still, nice carpets.
Oh we have a shower (well one for girls and one for boys). Though I’ve never needed to use it after cycling in, only after running. Nowhere for damp kit, either.Posted 8 years agoebygommMember
After no showers for 3 months over the winter I’ve got showers again 🙂
Was a bit annoyed that they converted the old showers into new office space before doing the new ones but they have improved them. I now get my own locker, each shower has a mirror and hairdryer and heated towel rail, plus there’s an extra one for drying stuff on in the locker area. One of the showers is disabled accessible (no idea why as the building isn’t really!) but it means it’s got a seat so you can have a bit of a sit down if you’ve worn your legs out on the ride in.
We have proper bike lockers outside, apparently they’re all ‘in use’ but I’ve yet to see any evidence of this so my bike gets locked up under one of those plastic covered shelters. Due to where the metal bar is my bike has to take up the whole shelter so I hope nobody takes them up when they introduce the cycle to work scheme.Posted 8 years ago
Looks like I’m ‘middling’, neither the worst nor the best, somes me up really 😕 I’ve got a couple of ideas of where to keep the bike warm, dry and secure, I just need some hanging space for clothes. It’s 10 miles up hill and down dale for me so do need a shower and a change!Posted 8 years agoJunkyardMember
no shower but have a locker and get changed in the toilet. Can dry clothes winter and summer but someone complained they smell. I started complaining that everyone elses coats and brollys smelled so got a space to dry mine.Posted 8 years ago
Bike secure under stairs no one uses (concrete type )
Good enough but could be improved main thing though bike wont get nicked.llamaMember
Ramp down to fairly secure covered parking next to the basement entrance
Swipe card into the basement
Changing room with showers, lockers, etc inside
Could do with more drying rails as currently full of towels from people who cycled once 5 years ago and then never again
And a fireman’s pole down into the basement for a speedy exit would be a laughPosted 8 years agokimbersSubscriber
showers and lockers, good internal bike storage but spaces severely limited and (20 for institute of 250+)Posted 8 years ago
they have just introduced bike to work, but only if you have a secure storage space already but as there is a 2 yr wait no new cyclists can actually apply for the sceme
I’m curious to know what the rest of you have in the way of secure bike storage, showers, clothes locker/hanging space and changing facilities at your place of work.
At my place, a secondary school which I started working at last September, we (me and another bloke) have just been kicked out of the 10′ x 3′ space where we kept our bikes and clean clothes, but that we also shared with the main fuse board, for ‘health and safety reasons’ which is fair enough really. However no alternative is yet forthcoming. I have to shower and change in the boy’s changing rooms as the one ‘staff shower’ in the PE office is no longer connected to the mains and is used as a storage area by the PE dep’t. Before I start having a ‘boo’ I thought I’d see how bad or good i have it compared to others. So over to you…Posted 8 years agoDimmadanMember
I work for a world leading company in hot water generation that prides themselves on looking after their staff. We have spent millions on a huge refurbishment of our office and are currently monitoring our carbon foot print inline with EU regulations.
So guess what? We have nothing apart from a bike shed with gates.
And then when we do ride into work, people complain that we are getting in early to have a srip wash in the toilets.Posted 8 years agothomthumbMember
secure (covered shelter) bike storage with £500 insurance (£10 per year)
no locker facilities
no real changing facilities – other than the shower
it’s pretty good really – i just hang my wet clothes round the office – if they don’t want them there then they better give me somewhere to put em!Posted 8 years agodjgloverMember
We have 700 people at our office, the Surrey based HQ of a well know but much maligned household brand
We have 3 showers, an open but covered bike shed, which is out of sight of the main road, for about 12 bikes and about 25 lockers.
I haven’t got a locker, we have to share them with the lunch time runners, of which there are many. But there is always a shower and somewhere to lock the bike.Posted 8 years agoGary_MMember
We just moved to a new building last year, I’m the only regular year round bike commuter. We have 2 bike sheds which I have the keys for and if anyone else wants to use it they get a key cut, 2 showers (only 1 at first on the 2nd floor but since I’m on the ground floor another one was installed for me, large shirt size lockers and a radiator for drying wet gear. It only works like this because I’ve been with the company 10 years so its much easier for me to get what I want as I know who to speak to. Our old building had none of the above.Posted 8 years agoMidlandTrailquestsGrahamMember
Bus mechanic.Posted 8 years ago
Shower and locker. I’ve also blagged the space between the lockers and the adjoining wall and some of the space on top of the lockers for gym kit etc.
Secure bike parking in a secret undercover location.
Use of the compressor and jet wash as required. Even use of the work van to visit the LBS during the day.zaskarMember
Some places have locked storage sheds, showers and changing rooms but all have had shoddy lockers.
Uni had great facilities like locked storage cages, lockers and showers.
Latest place (a school) has limited staff shed space -10 bikes? but as above, very secure.
Changing room which is really a shower in staff loos. No lockers whatsoever which is pretty poor.
It’s getting better though.
I still rate Mud Dock bike shop storage facilites in Bristol if you work in the city centre.Posted 8 years agoDaveGrMember
I work in a variety of buildings but where I usually work – bars you can lock the bike/wheels to in underground car park. CCTV but as we are in the countryside crime is low and my bike in insured thru the company anyway. Shower. No where to hang clothes but people are used to me hanging clothes over chairs if needed.
At head office we have same style bars to lock the bikes to – the building overhangs these so are fairly weather resistant. Showers and lockers in the changing room for the swimming pool (honestly 🙂Posted 8 years agoDezBSubscriber
Can’t complain really, I’ve got somewhere to hang my clothes and get changed. 1 shower which, luckily most of the stinky commuters don’t bother using, so hardly ever have to wait to use it.Posted 8 years ago
It should be the law that companies provide at least the facilities we have.crazy-legsSubscriber
After months of me insisting on bringing my bike inside, they finally got round to building a bike shed with space for 5(!) bikes, all attached by the front wheel with no facility to actually lock them up. At least it’s out of the way and on a relatively secure site.
One shower but only me and one other guy (who also cycles in) ever use it, I get in by 7.45am, he never arrives til 8.30 so there’s never a queue! There’s a small area I can get changed in and hang my clothes. The shower isn’t exactly the worlds best or cleanest since it’s not on the cleaners list to sort that out…
Not perfect but better than nothing.Posted 8 years agooxym0r0nSubscriber
Bike gets locked in the shelter with the kids’ ones but I have a disabled shower all to myself (cleaned every day) and my own towel rail! Lockers and radiator to dry clothes in staff toilet.
Incidentally, showering facilities was something I asked about at interview – the other candidates thought I was bonkers!Posted 8 years agoSurfrMember
2 wet room individual showers.
2 covered bike racks (hold about 10 each) (1 in staff area, 1 in public)
No-one else bikes to work as far as I can tell from the 300 staff so I get the showers all to myself 😀
Which reminds me, I must start cycling to work again after a brief hiatus while they built the new showers.Posted 8 years ago
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