Provide abundant & secure bicycle parking at transit stations & other key locations.
For many people who live too far from a transit station to walk, cycling could be a great option--if they only had a safe place to leave their bike. Unfortunately bicycle theft is a common occurance in major cities, and Vancouver is no exception.
Abundant and secure bicycle parking (e.g. 'bike stations') should be provided at transit stations and other key locations throughout the city (e.g. downtown Granville Island). Security can be enhanced through smartcard access, security cameras, and/or an attendant. Depending on the location and demand, additional end-of-trip amenities such as lockers, showers, and repair shops could also be provided.
Links: http://vancouver.ca/cycling (City of Vancouver), http://translink.ca/cycling (TransLink)
Video: http://www.streetfilms.org/bikestation-at-union-station/ , http://www.streetfilms.org/alewife-stations-bike-cage-cambridge-mass/
This is acknowledged as a key strategy to better integrate cycling and transit. In 07/2009 the City committed some funding for secure parking facilities at Broadway-City Hall and Olympic Village Canada Line stations. The City has also conducted a feasibility study for a downtown bike centre.
Saw a city worker today putting in two more bike parking racks at Broadway and Cambie which is really great cause there really is a shortage of bike parking stalls at this intersection. Hope to see more additions in the city as we continue to have increased cycling and a very limited amount of parking racks. In front of London drugs/RBC is another spot that needs more racks as people continue to have to secure bikes to trees, and poles and any other thing available space often. Good work Mayor Robertson and council keep up the good work.
Steven Forth commented
It is more than just a place to leave a bike. Practially speaking, we need to be able to shower and change as well. I am fortunate in that I have usually had this but it really is the key to cycle commuting. If we can require offices to have parking surely we can ask that they provide showers and changing rooms.
Having a major downtown location (i.e. Water front Station) for this would be fabulous as I could come to this place drop of my bike and some gear and spend my day doing errands and stuff down town and when I was done drop by pickup my bike and off I went home. The existing bike lock up locations are good but for short stops only. I think the secure lock up is the way to go when it comes to more long term secure parking. Its done in Europe and south america I think its our turn to have something like this. Scotia tower has this in down town but its only for people in the building so lets get one for the rest of the public.
How can be make VPD issue a replacement bike to the one who is a victim of theft, from the hundreds they auction from time to time? That would be one way to do some justice in this situation.
Greg Robinson commented
building bike lanes alone won't do it. The city of Vancouver needs to provide the bike stations themselves, to protect the investment they've made in all the other bike infrastructure, City bureaucrats are waiting for the private sector to do it, and they won't! Cell phone stores, clothing boutiques and coffee places will always be the choice of the private sector!
Link for the post about Police taskforce to tackle cycle theft in London http://bit.ly/BikeSqd
Taking steps to stop bike thefts are clearly urgently needed. UK has retained special anti-bike theft squads of police. Vancouver could do the too unless we were not facing a cash crunch. Another no win situation that we are stuck with. Innovation is the sole hope here!