In the Answers issue of the City Paper one question is about whether or not a condo association can ban bicycles from the parking garage (because theirs did) and force bike owners to either pay for space in a storage facility or keep them in their apartment.
My condo building decided to ban bicycles from being stored in our parking garage. They cut all locks on bicycles stored in the parking garage after a certain date, and disposed of them. As a storage alternative, they offered a small room, for a fee, for bike storage, but once that filled up, other residents were out of luck and now have to store their bikes in their living spaces. Can they really do this?
The City Paper says the condo association can do that, but I think they got it wrong. Or at least the answer is maybe, need more information.
The building has to provide indoor bike parking at the rate of one space for every three units and one outside space for every 20 units with a minimum of two.
They're using a bicycle storage room, and the zoning codes say that "If a room or common locker not divided into individual spaces is used to meet these requirements, twelve square feet (12 sq. ft.) of floor area shall be considered the equivalent of one (1) bicycle parking space."
So the question is how big as that storage room and how many units are there in the building. Since the room is overflowing, I suspect that it isn't big enough to meet code.
One thing that advocates could consider though is whether or not buildings should have to provide parking to tennatns for free, or for only a key deposit. I can see an argument on both sides of that question.