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MAYO CLINIC RADIO

April 2, 2015

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Unfortunately, very few of our bike racks make it possible to lock a bike to them with a u-lock. In most cases, there are a couple spots (such as at the ends of the racks) where this is possible, and everyone else using the rack can at best make sure the bike can't roll with a u-lock and then use a chain or cable to attach the bike to the rack.

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Is there a chance that we can look at installing bike pens in the parking ramps? So to describe a little better, it would be several bike racks with a fence around them. The pen could then have a gate that is opened by employee key or ID card. I have seen other hospitals do this and it seemed very successful. I do not feel comfortable leaving an expensive bike unattended with public having access. If we had these measures in place I am sure biking into work would increase. This could also help parking issues as well. It might be a small increase of riders at first, but the parking situation is so bad that if we make a number of small improvements it could help significantly in the long run.

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The bike racks available at the St Mary's parking lot are woefully inadequate for securely locking a bike. The shape of these older style racks is designed for securing the front wheel, which is insufficiently secure. A card accessed bike room would be ideal, as this conceals the bikes from the eyes of would-be thieves. Other hospitals have managed to carve out secure bike storage in a parking garage, even in the face of high parking demand.

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I've had a colleague of mine have two locked bikes stolen from the bike rack on the North side of St. Marys. Definitely need to find a more secure option for those riding bikes.

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Updating the bike racks would be appreciated. You can have the best locks in the world but if the rack is just thin diameter of steel, anyone with a $50 battery powered angle grinder can make two cuts to the rack in less than a minute and your bike is gone. The best idea (besides parking it at my desk) would be some kind of cow-pen with security card access and video surveillance as well.

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@danf

Updating the bike racks would be appreciated. You can have the best locks in the world but if the rack is just thin diameter of steel, anyone with a $50 battery powered angle grinder can make two cuts to the rack in less than a minute and your bike is gone. The best idea (besides parking it at my desk) would be some kind of cow-pen with security card access and video surveillance as well.

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"Cow Pen" – I love your imagery! Sadly, I lost a nice bike (>$600) from in front of the Domitilla building, on video, at 22:30. What the article says about cable locks being inadequate I learned the hard way. Yes, I would love to have a Bike Pen, and the space to park a bike is waaaay less than a car, so just like car-pooling, it would save us parking spots, and therefor makes sense. Is this a facilities question? Parking? To whom can we appeal?

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