TransLink to test pay-per-use bike lockers 0
Two TransLink bicycle locker pilot projects are being planned. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Cyclists currently paying rent three months in advance to snap up one of TransLink’s 400 bike-storage lockers might not have to do so much longer if a new $350,000 project succeeds.
Two TransLink pilot projects are being planned. At Surrey’s King George SkyTrain Station, a “standalone” facility — which will be capable of holding at least 50 two-wheelers behind a cage — is planned for installation in 2014.
At the same time, Main Street SkyTrain Station’s current renovation is expected to include a similar “in-station” facility.
In the new facilities, the transit authority plans to do away with its existing policy of $30 upfront rent — and waiting lists — to get a spot at one of its current single-bicycle lockers.
“Customers will pay per use rather than paying a flat fee upfront … Similar to a parking garage for cars, as cyclists enter and exit the bike parking, the space can be used by another,” said TransLink director of roads Sany Zein.
“There will continue to be individual lockers which are rented to an individual and accessed by a key.”
TransLink says those two areas will be used to learn more about “functionality, maintenance and customer experience” through observations.
According to its plan, each facility will be accessible by a fob or electric key similar to the Compass Card and will have a camera recording.
Prices have yet to be determined for using the planned facilities. TransLink said it doesn’t have space to install new individual lockers. It said the new structures will save space and help phase out some of the older lockers that are now worn from weather and use.