I’m fortunate enough to have a secure bike locker at both the train station near my home and in a parking garage near where I work. Having secure bike storage significantly increases my commuting options while allowing me to ride nicer bikes on my commute. In both cases, the bike lockers are managed by the cities in which they reside. On one end of my commute, the locker is free (a $25 refundable deposit is required for the key), on the other, there’s a $5 per month charge. In both cases, I’m thankful that such a service is available.
Unfortunately, there are not enough lockers to accommodate all of the bike commuters who want one. In one city, 49 lockers (at the cost of approximately $50,000) are spread among a handful of transit stations and local employers. Unfortunately, only 12 of those lockers are available to the general public, with the other 37 being provided to 5 of the largest employers in the area for use by their employees. There is always a waiting list for the public lockers and we could easily triple the number available for public use. Perhaps the companies who received free lockers could subsidize a few more for the general public!
The city at the other end of my commute has an undisclosed number of lockers and “bullpens” available for public use for a nominal fee (bullpens are secure, fenced bike parking areas that are shared among a number of users). As I mentioned above, fees run approximately $5 per month. The lockers and bullpens are spread among 7 parking garages throughout the downtown area. Like in the other city, there is a perennial waiting list for these lockers. At my work alone, there seems to always be at least one or two people waiting for a spot; I can only imagine how long the list might be for the entire city.
Do you have bike lockers in your city? Are there enough to accommodate everyone who wants one or do you need more? If your city doesn’t currently provide secure bike parking, would it be beneficial to you if they made it available in the future?