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Not far from Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, there’s a nondescript building that looks like it might be home to stealth startup. But if you walk in the front door, you won’t find cubicles or computers. You’ll find a secret bike shop. Then, if you slip into the back room, you’ll see them: 1,300 green, blue, red and yellow Google Bikes, stacked Santa’s workshop-style as far the eye can see.

On any given day, you can find about 700 of the bikes scattered like toys across Google’s Mountain View campus. All morning long, Google’s private shuttle buses drop off employees in front of clumps of bikes. The Googlers mount up and ride to work. There is even a seven-person army that keeps them up-and-running, seven days a week, Wired wrote.

Corporate bike fleets have become commonplace on sprawling Silicon Valley campuses over the past decade. Apple has campus bikes, as do Facebook, LinkedIn and others. But there’s nothing quite like Google’s (see photos below).

More than seven percent of Googlers bike into work each day at the company’s main campus. There, Google has on-site showers with lockers and a towel service, secure parking areas (complete with repair tools), an on-site bike repair service, and bike-friendly shuttle buses for employees who want to bike just the last few miles of their commute.

Google bikes date back to 2007, when Google bought about 100 blue Huffy bikes as an experiment. “We’re spread out in a number of different buildings, and so to foster that collaboration in the most efficient way possible, the bikes really became a way to do that,” says Brendon Harrington, Google’s transportation operations manager.

There are even a handful of ConferenceBikes littered around the campus (see the video below). Staffers can book these using Google’s conference room scheduling app, ostensibly for meetings. In reality, they’re a fun — if slightly crazy — way to tool around the parking lot on a sunny day.

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