GBA’s Dream(y) Bike Room

Originally posted on Bike Pittsburgh’s blog here Before-After

The Green Building Alliance’s new bike room transformation is oh so dreamy

Way back in 2014, the bike rack company Dero decided that they’d make some dreams come true. So they put together their Dero Dream Bike Room contest, offering $8,000 in bike racks and paint to the non-profit organization with the biggest bike dream. The contest launched nationally and when the dust settled it just so happened that Pittsburgh’s-own Green Building Alliance could dream bikes biggest.

For the next few months, BikePGH worked with GBA and the bike room design consultants at Dero to plan out an amazing alternative life to an underused storage closet on the organization’s first floor. GBA then rolled up their sleeves and got to work. They moved all the junk out of the room, gave it a good floor to ceiling scrub, and put a few coats of paint on the floors and walls.

Not long after a big truck rolled up and dropped off….

Quite an order.

They then called over a few of their friends at BikePGH, Pittsburgh Bike Share, and Fukui Architects to indulge in a few beers and some powertool work:


And before long…. the Green Building Alliance Dream Bike Room was born! (<– check out that link for pictures).



And there ya’ have it. From drab to fab. A dingy closet turned into a first-class amenity that will encourage the 300 people who work in their building to try biking to work.

Culture change is all about removing barriers. Its incremental. And investments like this push the needle in the right direction because they show that bikes are deserving of attractive, easy-to-use facilities.

Give us a shout to talk about bike parking. We’d love to help bring the next designer bike room to your corner of the ‘Burgh.

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Bike Rooms: No Longer an Afterthought

As more and more people utilize bicycles to get from point A to B, they are also demanding safe, secure long-term bike parking. Architects, facility managers, and building owners are listening and many now offer bike rooms in their multi-family residential and commercial spaces. Below are a few examples of bike rooms done right:

Student Housing

Universities frequently advertise bike storage rooms as desirable features to perspective students, whether in campus housing, transit stations, or other facilities. Above is a colorful Minneapolis bike room located on street level, making it easy for residents to access with a quick swipe of a keycard. Another example is Portland State University’s Bike Hub, which offers a subscription service for secured indoor bike parking to its students.

Transit Hubs

The Union Depot in St. Paul, MN offers long-term bike parking in a secured room. The depot is a central hub for multimodal commuters traveling in and around the Twin Cities.
Union Depot included additional amenities, such as a Dero Fixit repair stand, benches, and lockers. These additional design elements contribute to a holistic approach to addressing bike commuters’ needs.

Artist Lofts

Bike racks are often chosen to maximize the number of bikes that can be parked, often using 2-tier or vertical bike storage systems. The Schmidt Artist Lofts in St. Paul, MN chose Dero Deckers and Ultra Space Savers for their bike room. They even provide a bike washing stall.



Job Posting – Powder Coater

The Dero Bike Rack Company, a leading and rapidly growing manufacturer of bicycle storage racks, shelters and systems, is looking for a full-time, hourly Powder Coater. Applications should be emailed to [email protected] No phone calls, please.

Title: Powder Coater

Supervisor: Julio Corona

Hourly Rate: Full-time hourly rate of $15.00/hour (paid weekly)

Hours: M-F 7am-3pm (overtime may be required)


  • Prep material from weld shop for paint quality
  • Powder coat made parts that are made in Dero’s weld shop
  • Track and meet production goals
  • Notify the manager with any potential part outages or related issues
  • Ability to re-work and disposition materials
  • Hang parts when necessary
  • Operate the equipment in a safe manner and report hazards associated with the equipment or its operators to the Shop Supervisor
  • Follow required procedures
  • Clean and maintain an orderly work area
  • Communicate effectively with other workers to direct personal workflow
  • Assist other individuals in area when needed


  • Minimum of 12 months powder coating experience
  • Strong knowledge of material prep and powder application
  • Forklift and oven operation
  • Good communications skills relative to supervisor and other related departments
  • Ability to read tape measure
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to operate various shop tools including power and manually operated wrenches


  • Medical, dental, flex spending, vision, 401K, life insurance options available
  • $4 per day commuting credit (biking, walking or mass transit trips)
  • Access to QBP orders
  • Quarterly employee reward parties
  • Indoor secure bike parking
  • Small employee bike shop area
  • 12 paid holiday days
  • 15 days PTO after 30 days of employment


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2015 Year in Review

With 2015 in the books, we’re taking a moment to reflect on everything we accomplished in the past 12 months. We capped off our 20th birthday year with the release of our Dero Fixit World Map, featuring over 700 locations of our popular public bicycle repair stand, introduced our Pocket Guide to Bike Parking, and advocated for better #BikeParking and #BikesMeanBusiness across the country. On top of all that, we rebuilt both our Dero and Dero ZAP websites, released several new products, including our Dero Bike Locker™ and Dero Parklet, and designed countless custom bike racks for projects across the country. Thank you for riding with us in 2015!

Custom Racks

We take pride in making our customers’ designs a reality. Here are a few of the custom projects we completed from 2015.


Supporting bicycle advocacy is one of our top priorities at Dero. This year, we lobbied legislatures in Minnesota and Washington, D.C., volunteered during Minneapolis Bike Week, and worked with advocacy organizations across the country to develop and increase quality bicycle parking infrastructure.   We also supported QBP’s Women Bike Mechanic Scholarship, and the 16 recipients were announced yesterday.

Pocket Guide to Bike Parking

Sharing our bike parking expertise became easier than ever when we released our Pocket Guide to Bike Parking. You can download the full PDF for free on our website! BPG-release

New Products

In 2015, we released several new products, including an updated design to our popular Ultra Space Saver racks and several brand new ideas. See below for the full list of new products:

Bikes Bikes Bikes

Lastly, we rode our bikes the entire year! Riding our bikes is the foundation of our passion at Dero. We winter commuted, we raced, we fatbiked, and one of us even gave up their car to commit to year-round commuting.
Happy trails 2015, here’s to biking in 2016!
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Dero Designs its First Parklet to Help Cities and Businesses Add Space and Vibrancy to Streets

Dero is proud to announce its newest product, the Dero Parklet. The Dero Parklet is ideal for municipalities and businesses looking to increase sidewalk space and activate city streets. It’s a modular decking system with optional railings that is easy to assemble, weather-proof, and made of sustainable materials.

Dero utilized its 20 years of experience designing bike racks, lockers and shelters, to engineer an off the shelf parklet, so cities and businesses don’t need to dedicate time and money to expensive one-off designs. With the Dero Parklet as the foundation, customers can instead focus on creating their own atmosphere and aesthetic to craft an urban oasis that may include seating, planters, public art, bike corrals, and more.

Dero Parklet with On-Street Bike Corral and Repair Station

“Parklet programs are gaining popularity throughout North America – San Francisco has over 40 parklets and Minneapolis just piloted a program last year and expanded it this year. We love that the Dero Parklet will be able to help people to create these public spaces that enhance street life and increase foot traffic for local businesses,”

- Andy Lageson, VP and General Manager of Dero

The Dero Parklet comes in 8 feet long modular decking units (width can be customized based on city specifications), with a galvanized steel frame and optional powder coated railings. The planks are made of recycled paper-based fiber composite that withstands outdoor elements with no maintenance. There is also a ramp on the front to create a smooth transition from curb to deck. Install is easy and can be assembled onsite with included hardware and leveling feet for street grade adjustments. The Dero Parklet also ships flat to save on freight.