StreetFilms: Secure Bike Parking for Pennies per Hour

In the East Bay area of California you’ll find electronic, on-demand Bike Link locking facilities that provide secure bike parking for between 3 to 5 cents per hour! The lockers were created by eLock Technologies, which runs the Bike Link facilities. While not ubiquitous just yet, according to Robert Rayburn, Executive Director of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has committed to installing an additional 200 lockers by the end of 2007.

It’s easy to see the amazing potential for this technology on the streets of New York City. Imagine bike lockers throughout the city, or at least at major transit hubs. As recent research shows, the number one reason New Yorkers do not ride a bike to work is the lack of safe storage for their bike.

Maybe a good start would be to do a pilot project in an area dense with cyclists and take the street grid and sprinkle a locker facility or two on every corner. Downtown Brooklyn? The East Village? Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg? Where would Streetsblog readers want to see these installed?

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