Bike locker 2.0

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The citydesk is salivating over job perks at the Microsoft HQ just down the block on Broad Street. Erected this winter: a modernist, glass-enclosed bike locker cater-corner to the Idaho Independent Bank building, which now houses three floors of Microsoft workers.

"Microsoft is pretty adamant about bike facilities back on the Redmond [Wash.] campus," said Kurt Ziegler, a senior development manager who works on the SharePoint Server software.

At Microsoft's Washington operations, most of the bike racks are in underground parking garages, keeping your ride out of the rain.

So when Bill Gates' big dogs were looking for new office space in downtown Boise (they used to be at Miller and 10th streets), they made covered bike storage a prerequisite.

Landlord Scott Ludwig obliged in spades, calling on the guys at George's Cycles for design and having a $25,000 modified bus stop with room for two dozen bikes installed on the corner of a privately run parking lot across from the building.

Ziegler rides a recumbent bike from the North End every morning (it takes up more than one space) and another programmer rides eight miles to work in the morning. More fair weather riders work at Microsoft as well.

Ludwig tells citydesk he plans on putting more bike lockers up at his other downtown properties and wants to encourage cycling downtown.

"We knew that having a bike storage was important to them," Ludwig said. "And it's the right thing to do."

Hey, Microsoft dudes, we have plenty of plastic Statesman bags lying around here to cover our seat with, but could we maybe cop a park sometime when it is pedal deep in snow and our fingers are freezing to the handlebars? Just a little park?