Bike un-friendly condo living. #YMCCommunity

Spring has sprung…at least in Vancouver, BC.

The flowers are blooming, the temperature has been in the double digits for a few weeks now, people aren’t wearing winter parkas and boots and bicycles are out in full force.

I have a bike. However, it has been in storage at a not-so-close storage facility since my husband bought it for me, six years ago. Parked right beside it, is his bike and the bike trailer that we bought for our kids two years ago. 

Why are they in storage, you ask?

Because we live in a condo building. And this building does not have a bike room or enclosure, so that we can keep our bikes at home. It used to, but a former resident and their flat mates frequently “borrowed” parts from fellow residents’ bikes to repair other bikes for resale or to sell the parts. Hence the removal of the bike room and spoiling it for the residents who did have bikes in there. We also have a bylaw preventing us from parking our bikes in our parking stalls.

We now have no where to keep our bikes at home. Our deck is too small to accommodate two adult bikes, a child bike, a tricycle and a bike trailer, so only the child’s bike and tricycle reside with us.

I’ve emailed our strata council, inquiring about re-installing a bike enclosure or polling the current owners to see if there is interest, but I don’t think it will happen. The demographic of our building doesn’t seem to be made up of “bike people”.

I miss riding a bike. It’s been at least 25 years since I was last on one. I want to get out with my kids and teach them to ride their bikes and go for fun rides together. I know that we would use our van way less if we had our bikes at home. I’ve recently discovered cargo bikes. These bikes are pretty awesome looking! We could grocery shop or pack up our gear and head off to the park for the day. I seriously want to get one, but again…where would we store it? 😞

Do you live in a multi-family building? Does your building have bike storage for the residents?