May/June 1999, p.6

Bike-Friendly Buildings

As cited in the Department of City Planning's recent comprehensive survey of cyclists, the lack of secure bicycle parking is the number one reason that cyclists do not ride to work. Fortunately, some building owners and managers are willing to do what they can to accommodate their tenants. Here are a few examples of buildings in the Big Apple where tenants requested bike access and/or parking and got it.

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Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 West 20th St.
A 12-bicycle "bikepark" conserves space and creates a great visual. A steel framework, anchored to the wall and ceiling, supports hooks for hanging bikes vertically. Wooden runners protect wall from scuffs. Bicycles hang off the floor, sparing the carpet.

NYC Dept. of Transportation, 40 Worth Street
A bicycle rack is situated next to the 10th floor elevator bank in a roomy corner.

General Electric, 570 Lexington Avenue
Cyclists use the freight entrance. Bikes are secured in the guarded and locked freight area.

2 Penn Plaza, a Mendik Realty property
2 Penn Plaza has a bicycle rack on its loading dock. Outdoor racks were added.

Conde Nast, 350 Madison Avenue
Conde Nast provides a bike rack for employees in a sheltered outdoor vestibule near the doorman.

201 Park Avenue South
Bicycle racks are located in the back lobby in full view of a security guard.

Guardian Life Insurance, 7 Hanover Square
Cyclists can park in a garage in the building.

1065 Avenue of the Americas
Bicycles are allowed inside the building.

11 Penn Plaza, a Mendik Realty property
11 Penn Plaza has installed a bicycle rack on its loading dock. Employees can gain access to the main building through the loading dock entrance.
Sterling Winthrop, 90 Park Avenue
Cyclists enter through a side entrance and take the freight elevator to the basement, where bike racks, showers, lockers and changing rooms are located.

J.P. Morgan & Co., 60 Wall Street
J.P. Morgan designated a space for bicycles on the ground floor, which is usually occupied by 5-6 bicycles. No bicycles are allowed in the elevators.

Pfizer Building, 219 East 42nd Street
Pfizer provides a designated room with a bicycle rack, which tenants access with a special key via a separate entrance. Up to 12 people use this facility in the summer.

Ford Foundation Building, 320 East 42nd Street
No bicycles are permitted within the building. However, the management provided a bicycle rack in the garage thanks to an employee's request.

1 Bankers Trust Plaza, 130 Liberty Street
Bikes are not allowed inside the building, but a bicycle rack is provided in the parking garage.

112 West 34th Street
Tenants are allowed to bring their bicycles to their office space via the freight elevator.

Lincoln Building, 60 East 42nd Street
Tenants are allowed to bring their bicycles to their office space via the freight elevator.

Rockefeller Center Management Corp.
Bikes are permitted on a case-by-case basis. Some of the buildings managed by this company have bike racks.

Con Edison, 14 Irving Place
Con Edison provides several bicycle racks in its employee outdoor car parking lot.

1411 Broadway
Tenants are allowed to bring bicycles to their office space via the freight elevator (access from 7am-6pm only).

1133 Avenue of the Americas
An outdoor bike rack in the loading area is available for about 15 bikes (also for bike messengers). The rack is visible by security cameras and security patrols.

4 Times Square (to be completed Fall '99)
Hanging bike racks provide secure parking for 20 bicycles on the ground floor of the building.

115 W. 30th St.
Bikes use the freight elevator, operated by the best crew of "freight guys" in the city.