The Quadrus Centre Tenants: Why Don’t You Ride?
Some people love the architecture, and some loathe it. Let’s face it, there’s a certain element of Borg Cube about it, and some of the tenants are cyborgs. The receptionist also once told me that “resistance is useless”, though that’s an entirely different story.
But as an office space the Quadrus Centre’s not bad at all. I know a few people who’ve been there a couple of years no, and I’m a regular at the café on the ground floor (free wifi with the very reasonably priced coffee helps . . .). It’s about half way between my house & my business partner John’s place, so it’s ideal for our Monday morning meetings. It’s a ten mile ride from home, going through the Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel.
And to top it all, there’s good bike infrastructure around the Quadrus Centre:
- Off-road bike paths, that I’d give a score of 7/10. Praise indeed from me!
- Lots of bike racks
- The bike racks are under the cube’s projection, so they’re sheltered from any rain
- There’s good lighting around the site and cctv for extra security
- There are showers inside
- There are all sorts of storage cupboards for keeping bike stuff in
- The café does great bacon bagels - the fuel of champions.
So how come whenever I park my bike there, this is what I see? Click to enlarge:
I don’t know why this surprises me - it’s pretty common for mine to be the only bike parked when I’m visiting places where people work. The only place where this isn’t the case is North Tyneside Council offices, where they obviously have a great bike-to-work scheme, and first rate parking that’s even better than this.
It’s just that I’d have hoped that a place like the Quadrus would have people working there who were more entrepreneurial than your average punter . . . more open to ‘new’ ideas . . . and more open to the idea that when something isn’t working (like, say, driving everywhere), then just maybe, it might be worth trying an alternative. Because the funny thing is, the car park’s always completely full - if you drive (and don’t have a disabled badge), it’s usually not so easy to find a space:
Maybe people drive because they live too far away . . . or maybe it’s because the Quadrus is right next to some pretty good roads, and it’s just to easy to drive.
If you work there, or for the centre’s managers, TEDCO, I’d love to hear from you about this!
And if you do work there, and you’d like to ride, except you can’t because of some problem or other - let’s call it ‘X’ - you might find it useful checking out the Bike To Work Book. The free sample chapters available from www.biketoworkbook.com include ways for you to get over that ‘X’ problem, no matter what it is.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 01/26/2009
- Time: 19:09:50
- Total Time: 2:22:00.00
- Calories: 1856
- Distance: 35 miles
- Average Speed: 14.79 mph