The Answers Issue: Can my condo dispose of bikes if we refuse to move them?

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?

Yes, your condo association can do this—assuming it didn’t act unilaterally. Most condo associations, acting on behalf of a building’s owners, can decide how their jointly owned common spaces are used. The rules should be spelled out in the association’s governing documents. If you stored your bike in a parking space that you purchased, that could complicate the matter. But if owners were parking their bikes in a shared parking garage, it sounds like your condo association did due diligence by posting a deadline and offering an alternative bike-storage space. Sure, it charged a fee for the new space, but that may help pay for the room’s maintenance. If you want to help decide how your building handles bike storage, you can always run for a board position. But in the meantime, parking your bike in your condo doesn’t sound too bad. I’d recommend buying an inexpensive wall mount.

Our Readers Say

sounds like a bunch of the bike owners could get together and move an association motion to convert a parking spot to bicycle parking and install a bike rack there.

most parking garages have slots that have blind corners unusuable to a car, where,
the loss of 2 slots could provide rack space for many many bikes.

it seems like a lack of problem solving is the issue, or you have a condo board full of
bike hating, dog park despising, yuppie bashers.

if so, run for the board, and start running your own tyranny.

convert half the garage to a dog park and paint bike lanes in the driveways :-)
Ha. Your depiction of the board is exactly backwards. Most boards I know of are populated by off leash dog owners, bike indifferent, complete yuppies and are pretty pretty slack in terms of management and oversight.
This answer may not be correct. DDOT bike parking regulations require nearly all buildings with more than eight units to provide at least one bicycle parking spot for every three units. The question doesn't mention the ratio of spots to units, but they may have too few. And the new zoning regulations, should they ever go into effect, would require even more spaces. So they may be out of compliance with the law. They can contact DDOT to find out.

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