A New York Biker’s Headache: Where to Store It
With New Yorkers avoiding the subway and buses, landlords and building managers grapple with the expanding need for bike storage space.
By Ronda Kaysen
The long bike rides that Carolann Martini takes from her Murray Hill co-op down to Battery Park are invigorating. Dragging her bike out of the storage room? Not so much.
The tight space is a maze of long-forgotten bikes and trikes tethered to elementary school-style racks. To retrieve her Eduardo Bianchi road bike, she has to untangle it from a web of handlebars, pedals and frames. “It’s just aggravation,” said Ms. Martini, a hospitality industry executive. Cycling in the city “is a pleasure. So why should I be aggravated?”
The pandemic has ushered in a golden age of cycling for New Yorkers who, like Ms. Martini, have discovered that riding a bike everyday is fun, and less confined than a trip on the bus or subway. But with daily biking comes a hitch that seasoned riders already knew about: storing a bike in the city is a grind.