Secure Bike Parking Facilities
Theft is one of the highest concerns for ebike owners. See Security - Don't lose that new bike for tips on getting the best lock and other theftproofing for your bike. Read on this page for options of facilities to add secure parking to our city streets.
Cities governments and businesses can greatly reduce the risk of theft by providing secure parking areas anywhere riders will need to leave their bikes for extended periods such as retail areas, schools, and transit stations. It also can be critical in residential areas where riders may live in multi-family buildings where indoor space is limited and stairs may make bringing a heavy ebike indoors difficult even if there is room.
There is a strong argument for dedicating street curb space or other public right of way to dedicated parking (Transportation Alternatives in New York City made a compelling case for bike parking) . Bikes are very space efficient. Five to ten bikes can be parked in the area required to park a single car.
There are many approaches to secure parking beyond the basic U rack.
Self locking racks
Proper locking of a bike to a basic rack through both wheels and the frame can be challenging. It requires hauling one or more heavy locks and a cable and using proper technique. Self locking bike racks can help solve these challenges. Automated versions use a phone app to lock and unlock and show available racks.
CycleSCP (California, USA)
Even when well locked, racks leave a bike open to the weather and susceptible to loss of lights, baskets and other parts. Lockers sized for a single bike give complete protection to the entire bike. Lockers typically have secure access with a card, pin code, or phone app.
Bike Link (California USA) installs and operates lockers and indoor group lockup facilities for 3-5 cents/hour in locations around the US including California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Nevada, Illinois and Vermont.
CycleSafe (Michigan USA) manufactures lockers with bluetooth phone app access and includes lockers to fit cargo bikes up to 87" length.
Cyclehoop (London UK) manufactures lockers and cages.
Cages & Kiosks
Larger facilities for multiple bikes can accommodate a wider range of bike sizes in a small space and may provide more services, such as repair tools and ebike charging.
DuoGard (Michigan, USA) manufactures a wide range of bike rack options, including cages with a wide variety of secure access controllers (keys, cards, pin codes)
Cyclehoop (London UK) manufacturers lockers and the Bikehangar cage (shown below) designed to lock 6 bikes in one half of a parking space. They also build and manage Bikehangar and larger Bikehub parking rental systems in the UK.