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I take my bicycle to work every day. There's no bike rack, so I lock it to a fence near the door. Yesterday it was in perfect condition when I arrived, but when I left, the handlebar had become lopsided (it was not aligned straight to the wheel). I had it fixed today, and the repair man said that it was most likely caused by being hit, such as by a car. Occasionally a car will pull up close to the door where I park to bring something in or out of the building.

Are there any steps I can take to get compensated for the repair cost? What can be done to minimize the risk of something like this happening again (other than finding a different parking spot that cars can't reach)? I don't know who might have hit it. I have not yet spoken to anyone about it.

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You won't like this answer, but you should not seek compensation from your workplace. Consider if you drove a car and it got dinged in the parking lot. Would you expect to have your employer repair the damage? (In case you're unsure, the answer is no.) This is made even worse by parking your bike in a spot not designed or designated for bike parking, and that you know cars frequently get close to. I understand the desire for convenience, and nobody appreciates having their property damaged, but there is no way your employer will pay for it. You will seem whiny and entitled if you even ask. Don't do it.

Your only recourse to recoup the damages is to find the person that hit your bike. You can try filing a police report, but if the costs are minimal, they likely won't bother to pursue it. If there is a camera at the front of the building, you could ask security to review it and get you a plate number. If it's a really small company, you could try putting up a notice somewhere asking the person to come forward. You have to be really careful how you word it to not come across as passive aggressive, though. I personally wouldn't bother unless the costs were really high, as it's unlikely anyone will 'fess up to it.

To prevent this happening in the future, I suggest you request a designated, safe, and relatively convenient place to park your bike. This is entirely reasonable, especially if they provide parking for cars. Tell your management that you tried to find an existing place to lock up your bike, but your bike got damaged there, and you'd like a safer place to put it in the future.

If they don't agree, then you are stuck with the same preventative measure that car owners have to use: park your vehicle somewhere that cars are unlikely to get close enough to damage it. That generally comes at a convenience cost, so you will have to decide if the trade-off is worth it or not.

  • Did you read the question? He never said he was looking for compensation from his workplace. He's asking how to prevent a repeat. – inertiablobby Mar 1 '17 at 1:59
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    @inertiablobby "Are there any steps i can take to get compensated for the repair cost?" He's also asking about compensation. – JonK Mar 1 '17 at 2:16
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    @inertialobby Yeah, I did. He asked how to get compensation for his broken bike and how to prevent it in the future. Did you read the question? – Kat Mar 1 '17 at 2:53
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    Oh dear, that awkward moment when you accuse someone of not reading carefully, and then it turns out that you didn't read it yourself. :P – Masked Man Mar 1 '17 at 3:41
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    The cost wasn't enough to go to the hassle of filing a police report. I spoke to my manager and he suggested an alternate location for parking, where there should not be any cars. – Scimonster Mar 1 '17 at 9:46
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Take your bike inside, a little bit of inconvenience is nothing compared to your transport being damaged or stolen.

I wheel mine straight into my building and park it out of the way. But one major client is on a third floor of a big building and I carry the bike up three flights of stairs rather than leave it outside chained up.

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    Some buildings don't allow this; mine doesn't. – Kat Mar 1 '17 at 2:55
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    @Kat neither does my clients, so when security does pull me up, I just leave the bike with them :-) After a while they just pretended they can't see me carrying the bike past. – Kilisi Mar 1 '17 at 2:59
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Get damage insurance.

I paid 45€ for a year of bike insurance that covers theft and damage by accidents and wear. This will not prevent accidents like this from happenning, but when they do, you won't get broke. Other than that, don't park in places where people and cars need to pass.

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