The first bicycles came along during the 1800’s, a period when horse-drawn carriages were all the rage. Since that time of course, humanity has moved on to ever greater heights when it comes to getting around, but through it all, the bicycle has remained with us. Naturally, this is a testament to just how great of an invention it really is. These days, people are more apt to choose cycling for their own personal daily transportation for very specific reasons. Most notably, it’s a very “green” or eco-friendly form of travel; however, it also goes without saying that the health benefits associated with it are also highly desirable. Moreover, as world populations continue to increase (and people find themselves amidst greater numbers in metropolitan areas), the ability to simply grab a bike is perhaps even preferable over the headaches associated with navigating traffic and parking in congested areas. Having said this, if you own a business, you might want to consider installing a bike / cycle shelter for your employees (or visitors / customers). Not only do these enclosures help to protect people’s cycles from the elements, but they also add an air of function and style to one’s surroundings. If this is something you’re interested in doing though (erecting a cycle shelter), you’re going to need to take a few things into consideration, of course, like the following: First off, it’s pretty much a given that you’re only going to purchase one cycle shelter, so cost may or may not be a prohibiting factor. Naturally, if you have the funds, it might be worthwhile to have someone build a custom piece, perhaps something highly artistic? Having a shelter that suits the surroundings is also important, but durability and style are arguably your main concerns. If your business is located in a large city, that bike shelter might be the first thing most customers / clients see when they arrive on your property, after all. Next, it’s vital to choose a cycle shelter of an appropriate size. This should go without saying, but it remains something that a lot of business owners don’t put enough thought into. Additionally, you’re going to need to check with your local city ordinances to determine if there are any sort of restrictions regarding cycle shelters (with regards to dimensions, placement, materials, etc.) Furthermore, it should be fairly obvious that the type of material you ultimately choose for construction is perhaps one of the most important decisions you’re going to make. Luckily, it’s often easy (and affordable) to locate builders / engineers who can help you these days, so be sure to check with multiple artisans. Conversely, if you’re going with a company that more or less deals with standardized cycle shelter models, things are further streamlined. For city businesses, investing in a cycle shelter is a sound decision. People will most certainly appreciate having such an amenity on the premises as well. At the same time, it could also be said that you and your business are doing your part to make an environmentally-friendly statement.