Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lonely at the top

When I went out for my afternoon bicycle constitutional yesterday, it was raining. So, for a change of pace, I decided to do a quick ride to the top of the parking garage and back down.


The garage has 7 or 8 levels of parking, I believe. It's about a 1.5 mile round trip to the top and back. (Bikes are "officially" banned in the structure - I'm sure it's a liability and accident-prevention issue. So I've been very careful on the couple of occasions when I've done the loop.)

It's a private garage - parking by permit only. The top 2 levels are closed off, most likely because the lower levels cover the current clientele.

I believe there are 650 stalls - that's a LOT of cars! Of course, consider this - one corner of the ground floor is the dedicated "bike room." In the space that would otherwise be occupied by 5 car parking spaces, there's room for almost 50 bicycles!

Oh - the rain cleared up a bit, before I got back to ground level. So I did a nice little ride in the nearby north end, as well. Even a short ride gives me some very meaningful stress relief.


Clancy said...

I bet coming down could be fun.

Bikeboy said...

Clancy - it would be a BLAST to ride down... on a Saturday or Sunday.

When it's full of cars, not so much. All you'd need is for somebody to be backing out, just as you come around the bend at 30mph... know what I mean?