TransLink is to provide more convenient bike parking options at six transit hubs around the Canadian province of British Columbia.
The new on-demand bike parking facilities come with keyless entry and mobile payment. Customers can now store their bike in individual outdoor bike lockers at anytime, without booking in advance.
Jeffrey Busby, TransLink’s acting vice president of engineering, says: “This initiative is part of our goal to make it easier for people to combine cycling and transit into their everyday travel. Introducing this state of the art technology to our transit system will give customers another convenient place to store their bike and make it even easier to use green transportation in Metro Vancouver.”
These lockers use solar power and are now available at Moody Centre Station and Carvolth Exchange.
Over the coming months, 71 bike lockers will be installed at both locations and transit hubs located at Lonsdale Quay Exchange, 22nd Street Station, VCC-Clark Station and Richmond-Brighouse Station.
The lockers are available via the free Bikeep app.
Additionally, TransLink has installed new on-demand bike racks at Moody Centre Station with more racks coming to Lonsdale Quay Exchange later this summer. Cost of use is 10 cents per hour capped at $1 per day, and $10 for unlimited monthly subscription.
Erin O’Melinn, Hub Cycling’s executive director, says: “Bike theft continues to be a barrier that holds people back from cycling more often. Providing better end of trip facilities, like these bike lockers, will help people safely store their bikes and other cycling gear and shift towards adopting cycling and transit into their daily commute.”
TransLink is to monitor customer usage and response to the new service, with a view to rolling this technology out to more locations in the future.