Luckman Plaza has had a lot of work done lately--first a renovation by Kanner Architects and currently the construction to add the Soho House up top--and now according to this reader, it thinks its elevators are too good for bikes (and they're between bike racks):
"3 or 4 times a week, I ride my bicycle across town to my job at an office in the 9200 Sunset Blvd building...The building has been undergoing renovations for the last 2 years, the most recent construction has been the building of SOHO House on the roof (which involves a large crane hovering out my window and shaking the building all day, but that's another story). During the renovations, the elevators have periodically not been functional except for 1 car for weeks at a time, leading to many complaints from tenants.
"This morning, when I arrived at work, one of the owners of the building apparently noticed me entering an empty elevator with my bicycle. A couple hours later I was called by one of the property managers and told that one of the owners was unhappy that I was taking the elevator with my bike and that she would prefer if I locked it up in the garage. I asked if there was a bike rack available in the garage and she said it had been removed and yet to be replaced. I asked if I could take the freight elevator and they said the freight elevator was currently out of service, which it has been for months.
"The only solution I was provided with was locking my bike behind a bunch of cars to a railing or leaving it leaning against a wall for the valets to keep an eye on, neither of which I felt were acceptable or would prevent theft. They also informed me that my bike would be considered "personal property" and would therefore not be covered under their insurance in the same way that the vehicles in the garage were covered
"In the 4 months since I started riding a bike to work, I've never once occupied so much space in the elevator that anyone has been inconvenienced or has had to wait for the next car, which was the reason I was asked not to use the elevators anymore. I was told that the owner wanted to prevent complaints about the bike occupying too much space in the elevator car, of which there has never been even one, because there have already been so many complaints about the elevators DUE TO THE CONSTRUCTION. Apparently, that's my fault.
"If you ride a bike, and you're in West Hollywood, I'd like to encourage you to stop by 9200 Sunset and take the elevator for a ride."
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