Bike Storage

One of the major headaches for cyclists has got to be bike storage at home – particularly if you don’t have your own private garage or shed.

A lot of homes in Dublin just don’t have the proper facilities to store bikes safely outside, and so many people either have to leave them out in the street (which leaves them susceptible to damage or theft, and is not covered by bike insurance), or they bring them inside (which introduces the risk of damage to the property – something your landlord or spouse may not be happy about).

Bike Storage Cage
Bike Storage Cage

In my apartment block the facilities for storing bikes are woefully lacking. There is a small bike cage in the underground car park, which can fit about 10 bikes inside at a squeeze.  However, there’s no particular benefit to using it, in terms of security, as the cage doesn’t lock. And so, as you can see from the photo, a lot of people choose to leave their bikes outside the cage. And in addition to the 12 or 13 bikes you can see in the photo, there are about another 10-15 locked up in other parts of the car park.

Other residents who can’t find space in the car park, or worry that it’s not secure enough (as there have been recent thefts), store their bikes inside their apartments. And because of management company rules, we’re not allowed to keep bikes on balconies.

There are 60 apartments in my block, with enough car parking spaces for about 80 cars, and the car park only ever gets about three-quarters full. There’s official bike parking for about 10 bikes for residents, but there must be over 30 in active use, and there is absolutely no provision on the street for any visitors that arrive by bike.

There’s clearly a lack of bike storage provision where I live, and from what I can tell, my situation seems pretty typical across the city.

The National Cycling Manual recommends that housing developments have 2 cycling parking spaces per 100 square meters of accommodation, plus 1 visitor spot per property. So by my estimation that would require my block to have 80 bike places for residents, plus another 60 for visitors. That’s 140 in total – a long way off from the current provision of 10!

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog

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