We learned a few months ago that AT were about to trial some cycle cages at a few rail stations and if successful roll out the scheme to the rest of the rail network. Now the first cages at Papakura, Papatoetoe and also at the Birkenhead Ferry Terminal have gone into operation and if you live in the area, you can register to use them here.
New bike parking facilities have opened at two train stations and a ferry terminal.
Auckland Transport is trialling enclosed, covered bike parking at Papakura and Papatoetoe train stations and Birkenhead ferry terminal.
The parks at the train stations hold 20 bikes while the one at the Birkenhead ferry terminal can store 30 bikes. All three parks offer a choice of standing racks and hanging bike parking.
Auckland Transport’s Manager of Community Transport, Matthew Rednall, says “We want to encourage people to leave their car at home and get on their bike to connect with the train or the ferry. It’s a chance to get fit and takes another vehicle off the road.”
The bike parks are covered by CCTV cameras and, to add to security, access is by a proximity card which is issued after registering on-line.
The parks at the rail stations also have bike repair stands for small jobs like fixing punctures.
Cycle Action Auckland Chair, Barbara Cuthbert, says “Bike parking has moved into a new age with these superb facilities – they even have a bike pump as part of the installation. Secure, undercover bike parking will allow more of us to cycle to the train or ferry, and have peace of mind out bike will be ready and waiting at the end of the day.”
Access to the bike parks is on a six-monthly basis, you will be contacted before your registration runs out in time to renew or cancel it.
For more information and to register go to: http://www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz/moving-around/biking-cycleways/cycling-and-public-transport/Pages/default.aspx
Here are some pics of what they look like.
This is a good initiative and hopefully is successful and rolled out to all train and bus stations as well as ferry terminals. Many stations have woeful options for storing bikes yet can have a heap of carparks, like my local station at Sturges Rd below where there are 170 car parks but only a few exposed hoops to tie bikes up to. It’s no surprise that they are never used.