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What the Self Storage Industry Can Learn From a Bike Storage Busniess

by Holly Robinson February 28, 2012 4:04 PM
Caltrain is a commuter train that runs between San Francisco and San Jose and between San Jose and Gilroy. Many commuters ride their bikes to the Caltrain station on Fourth and King in San Francisco. They park their bikes -- for free -- at Warm Planet, a nearby bicycle store.

Warm Planet sells bicycles and bicycle parts and accessories. Because the store is dedicated to serving their cycling customers, they have added a free parking service for commuters who ride bikes to catch the train. Bikers don't have to worry about their bikes getting stolen from parking on the street or battle for a spot on one of the few Caltrain cars that allow bikes on board. [More]

Self Storage: Bicycling’s Best Kept Secret

by John Stevens September 15, 2010 9:04 PM
When the weather is warm enough, many people like to walk or bike to work or school every day, either to reduce carbon emissions from a car and reduce air pollution, or simply because they enjoy the exercise. A few adventurous souls travel by bike on vacation, bicycling across the United States, Europe, or Asia. The challenge is where to put your bike when you are not using it. Not all destinations have convenient bike racks. In a few cities, though, bicyclists are turning to self storage units to hold their bikes temporarily -- while they are at work or school, or while they spend the night in a hotel. Not only are self storage units more readily available than bike racks in some areas, but shoppers or travelers can leave parcels or luggage with the bikes in storage and know that their belongings will remain secure. Best of all, a bike can be contained in a very small storage unit. [More]