Having had two expensive bikes stolen from the garage area under 98 Rope Street in the past 18 months (most recently 6 weeks ago) I agree something needs to be done. I have continued to store my bike in the garage area but can understand why cyclist are carrying their bikes to their flats.
One thing I have noticed and does not seemed to have been adressed is the number of cars driving in to the garage area and not stopping to wait for the doors to close. Whilst down there for an hour last week 5 cars drove in and only one waited for the doors to close – surly this is how the theives are getting in. I know there is a big sign that people are ignoring but maybe a mailing or poster on the message boards may help.
On the storage issue I totally agree with Scott, if kept neat and tidy and at one end of the individuals parking space then I do not see what the problem is. If this is to be banned then at least a recomendation of a standard storage 'shed' should be made. In the one bedroom flats there is very little storage space at all.