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    How bike friendly is your workplace?

    I can tell you St. Als isn't really too bike friendly...how's the DEQ or other places?

    So I've been bike commuting for a while now. Today I went to get my bike out of the basement of the hospital. Radiology has a file room in the basement that contains thousands of old xray,etc. films and patient files with reports, etc. I've been parking my bike there due to the fact that the bike "cage" is usually full by the time I get to work. The bike cage is not very big, maybe 15' x 15'.

    Today I was left a note on my bike by one of the engineers (don't know if he is the building engineer specifically) that said "please park you bike in one of the bike racks". WTF? So I left him a nasty voice mail message back asking what the issue was, that my bike is clearly not in the way of anything there and where can I then park my bike safely. We'll see what he says tomorrow if and when he calls back. Sounds like this slapdick is throwing his weight around where it's not needed, maybe they should focus on more pressing issues, such as fullfilling work orders

    It has never been discussed with me that Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center specifically has a no bike inside building policy. If they can show me the policy on paper then I'd be happy to park elsewhere. My question is why so petty about something so small? Don't give me the BS about the bike being a fire hazard.

    Is it just me or are employers either becoming more polarized on bikes. Either they love them or hate them. It'd seem to me that a hospital would promote their employees biking to work, but interestingly enough St. Al's decides that it's more important to build more parking lots for cars than bicycle parking

    So how's your employer with bikes?

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    HP is good for that. Plenty of covered bike parking on a relatively remote, secure site. Some people parked their bikes inside under stairwells or in empty cubes, but I never had a problem for 10+ years parking my titanium hardtail outside. There are lockers reserved for bike commuters in the various locker rooms and showers. There's also a bike workshop with some tools, pumps, etc. Also a guaranteed ride home program, but I've never used that. Towel service would be nice...

    However, the new Collister branch of the Boise Public Library needs more bike racks. They are always full.

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    St. Al's

    Quote Originally Posted by ryman
    I can tell you St. Als isn't really too bike friendly...how's the DEQ or other places?

    So I've been bike commuting for a while now. Today I went to get my bike out of the basement of the hospital. Radiology has a file room in the basement that contains thousands of old xray,etc. films and patient files with reports, etc. I've been parking my bike there due to the fact that the bike "cage" is usually full by the time I get to work. The bike cage is not very big, maybe 15' x 15'.

    Today I was left a note on my bike by one of the engineers (don't know if he is the building engineer specifically) that said "please park you bike in one of the bike racks". WTF? So I left him a nasty voice mail message back asking what the issue was, that my bike is clearly not in the way of anything there and where can I then park my bike safely. We'll see what he says tomorrow if and when he calls back. Sounds like this slapdick is throwing his weight around where it's not needed, maybe they should focus on more pressing issues, such as fullfilling work orders

    It has never been discussed with me that Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center specifically has a no bike inside building policy. If they can show me the policy on paper then I'd be happy to park elsewhere. My question is why so petty about something so small? Don't give me the BS about the bike being a fire hazard.

    Is it just me or are employers either becoming more polarized on bikes. Either they love them or hate them. It'd seem to me that a hospital would promote their employees biking to work, but interestingly enough St. Al's decides that it's more important to build more parking lots for cars than bicycle parking

    So how's your employer with bikes?
    Sounds familiar!
    When I worked at St. Al's several years ago, (worst company I have worked for in my professional career) I was told by engineering that I could not keep my bike inside the building. I brought up my concerns over having my bike stolen and that I felt much more comfortable knowing it was safe. Besides that, we had plenty of room in our area to store it without any concern from other coworkers.
    The "reason" given was that if I was carrying my bike down the stairs during a fire it would be a safety hazard.
    I will let you create whatever sarcastic commnet you like concerning that reason!
    BoiseBoy

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    boiseboy, what department did you work in?

    The funny thing is that I was putting my bike in an area behind all the files where no one knew my bike was there, no one said anything or saw it and today I put it right on the bench above the floor where it wasn't at all in the way and I got a note on it from a Wm Morgan. I was taking the elevator up and down with my bike and never using the stairs.

    I'm really starting to feel that way about St. Al's anymore....I've been there since 1995 and I'm getting pretty disillusioned at the BS going on around there.

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    Work is fine with bikes.

    Southwest Boise absolutely sucks for bikes through. For a noted bicycle-friendly town, Boise sure isn't very friendly. When a rider gets killed by a drugged up rich lady in a coked-out SUV, they slap her wrists and take away her driver's license for life. Then again, maybe the justice is in her having to ride a bike around in bike-hostile SW Boise.
    Nobody cares what kind of bike you ride.

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    For working at a medical practice, I'm pretty lucky . . .

    We have four exam rooms, but we usually only use three, so I put my bike in the empty room. And since I'm the office manager, nobody complains

    It's good to be da king.

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    We get friendly with our bikes all the time at my office.

    Veeeerrrry friendly, if you catch my drift.

    I love bikes. In a carnal way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TFloyd
    We have four exam rooms, but we usually only use three, so I put my bike in the empty room. And since I'm the office manager, nobody complains

    It's good to be da king.
    Mmmmmm. Medical exam rooms. Are there stirrups in there? I would love my bike in a medical exam room.

    I saw a porn once with Ron Jeremy dressed up like a king.

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    No stirrups, but lots of latex gloves

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFloyd
    No stirrups, but lots of latex gloves
    You had me at latex.

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    My bike sits inside my office. I bring it inside and ride the elevator to the 3rd floor with it. On rainy days in the winter I leave the bike in the stair well, so that the carpets don't get dirty from my dripping bike.

    My building does not have showers though, so if commutes are longer, there's no way to get cleaned up.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    ...wish I had a workplace

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    Showers and multiple bike racks at Micron. The drivers OTOH . . .
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    Its funny because we were just outside riding the office cruiser around the parking lot during lunch because I finally tightened the chain and pumped the tires back up. Everyone was happy to get "the bike" back. It's used for lunch and mail runs and the occasional client meeting. I make the rules here- so bikes are encouraged at every possible moment. Unfortunately the McCall snow puts a damper on things in the winter.

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    My "workplace" is dog friendly, bike friendly, snacks all day friendly, take a break anytime I want friendly, surf any site on the net friendly, nap friendly, etc...

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    You work from home Gary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by discfor1
    You work from home Gary?
    For the most part yes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    My bike sits inside my office. I bring it inside and ride the elevator to the 3rd floor with it. On rainy days in the winter I leave the bike in the stair well, so that the carpets don't get dirty from my dripping bike.

    My building does not have showers though, so if commutes are longer, there's no way to get cleaned up.
    Diaper wipes and lots of towels work for me. At least I think they do. I don't have any friends so I can't really tell...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    For the most part yes...
    I think the question really was "You work much Gary?" And we know the answer to that question Mr. Smart Planner.

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    I think if I were to actually ride to work, there would not be any problems with bike storage, clean-up, etc. The problem is getting to and from work safely. There are not very many roads with sidewalks, or bike lanes in the 2C, and I would rather not end up a hood onament on some county bumkins way too big truck.

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    i work at st. lukes and its definitely a bike friendly workplace. theres racks in the parking garages, one at the jefferson enterance and a little compound to lock up your bike. they particiapte in "may in motion", encouraging people to commute to work by bike or foot. they also give gift certificates to georges so that people can buy locks or helmets (you have to sign up for a program that states you'll ride your bike to work a couple of days a week. or something to that effect)
    i might be going to hell in a bucket, but at least i'm enjoying the ride

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    Well, I didn't ask if they minded if I brought my bike into the office. Better to ask for forgiveness than beg for permission....

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    Bombin, you're freaking me out with that avatar. That guy is way creepy.

    Give a hoot, don't pollute!

    But, this kid is even creepier.

    Cat in the hat: $10.

    Photo sitting: $20.

    Haircut: $5.

    Those [email protected], multi-colored, boot-cut disco pants: Priceless.

    Just thought we needed some more cuteness and cat content today.
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    i work on my bike in my office

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