Bikes live in a strange catagory of vehicles somewhere between a motorcycle and a scooter. A place where they are okay for inside storage, but only in certain situations. Why are bikes not allowed inside buildings? I’m not entirely sure so let’s think about it for a moment. There are two main reasons to bring your bike inside, security and weather.
In my home I have peace of mind because every time I get home I park my bike in the basement and lock the door behind me. So why can’t I do this when I go out into Albany to grab a coffee or do some shopping? It would be a major draw for me to be able to bring my bike inside as to weather I visit a retailer or not. That way I could know that my bike is safe while I went browsing for interesting things or shopping for the week.
As for weather the weather is a factor it certainly is. To be able to keep your bike in a sheltered environment while mother nature is at her worst has huge repercussions on the long term life of the bicycle as well as the daily maintinence that is required if you are riding in the rain or snow everyday.
In New York City office buildings are required to provide bicycle accommodations indoors. Why not Albany?
The only place I know of in Albany that will allow you to bring your bike inside is the Hudson River Coffee House. If anyone knows of others I would love to hear from you.