The City Paper's answers issue has a question about bike parking at a condo. The board decided to ban bike parking from the garage and put in a bike room. But there isn't enough space for all the building's bikes and so the question is can the building do this. City Paper's Ally Schweitzer says yes.
I say maybe not.
In short, the 2007 bike parking law required residential building owners to "provide secure bicycle parking spaces for all existing residential buildings with 8 or more units." The 2010 amendment to that law obligated the Mayor to define how many spaces that should be. In 2012, DDOT did that and made a rule that they need to have 1 space for every 3 units. [This is the same as the zoning update that I don't think has passed yet, plus another short term parking space for every 20 units]. So the question is, what is the ratio of spaces in the bike room to units in the building?
I thought the zoning regs also made it illegal to charge for bike parking and had a rule about when the parking was inadequate the building had to provide more. But, maybe that got cut before the end.
Anyway, it may be that the bike room is not in compliance either. The room has to have racks, a secruity light and a window on the door (so that people can see in before entering and getting jumped) and provide a certain amount of space per bike. I'm betting they didn't do that.