100% bike parking

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Basement bike parking with 24 hr access, easy access to the street, and adequate locking facilities make the decision to ride a bike as a primary mode of transportation much easier.

Roger Gray breaks down the barriers to alternative transit choices into Simple Laziness and Complex Laziness. Simple Laziness is “I’m too tired to bike.? Complex Laziness is “I would ride a bike, but I don’t have one,? or “the tires are probably flat and the seat is dusty.?

Lack of adequate parking facilities in apartments and offices make Complex Laziness more persistent.

Alan Durning's report on his family's car-free year provides this excellent sociological insight into car/human attraction:

...two weeks ago, my family was at a friend’s fiftieth birthday picnic. My wife Amy had arrived in a loaner car, which was parked nearby. During the party, she and I were taking photos of the guests, at the birthday host’s prompting. Unfortunately, our camera ran out of juice and I had left the charger at home, three miles away. I drove the loaner home and got it.

Now, if we hadn’t had a car there, I never would have gone. I would have been more resourceful. I would have asked around for a camera. That’s what I should have done. By the time I returned, another guest had fired up her Nikon and taken over our shutterbug duties. If I’d given the situation a bit more thought, I could have avoided a trip. It wasn’t a big deal--maybe 40 minutes round trip. But for mortal beings like us, time is a nonrenewable resource. And such trips are, in my experience, quite common when there’s a car at the ready. The minutes add up.

Convenient bike parking at home, at work, and at places dedicated to entertainment and social gathering goes a long way towards making biking a viable transportation alternative. While zoning codes encourage percentage storage for bikes, all facilities should have adequate bike parking for 100% of residents/occupants.