BikeLid is the most practical bicycle parking idea I have seen in my 20 years as a bicycle advocate. The lids fit in nicely with the surroundings and are providing excellent protection to bicycles, both from the elements and vandalism. -- Mark Birnbaum, Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee of SF Bay Area
New Bikelids To Replace Bike Lockers In Calendar Year 2011
DART has received a federal grant to replace aged and worn bike lockers with a new environmentally friendly state of the art BikeLids. Currently, cyclists can try out the new BikeLid located at Downtown Plano, Walnut Hill, and Akard stations… The 142 new bike lids meet homeland security requirements, are homeless and vandal resistant, and do not overheat and melt plastic bike components." -- www.DART.org/bikes
Bicycle Facility Upgrade at Riverside Downtown and North Main Corona Stations
In addition to bicycle racks, lockers provide an added level of security against possible theft and vandalism. However, conventional lockers require continuous maintenance and management. Lock mechanisms break; keys have to be distributed, tracked and hopefully returned; key deposits and refunds have to be tracked and accounted for; the potential for misuse, non-use and under use is significant as conventional lockers are assigned. All this adds complexity and cost to a conventional bike locker program, diminishing the benefit to the Commission as well as the overall passenger experience.
To address such complexity and costs, alternatives to conventional bike lockers were explored. The primary factor contributing to the complexity and cost of conventional lockers is the design. Essentially metal boxes, conventional lockers pose particular challenges to ensure proper and efficient use. In the past, lockers have been used for storage, remained assigned but unused, are an ideal habitat for any number of pests and pose a potential safety threat concealing devices intended to inflict public harm.
"In consideration of these concerns, the Commission has purchased and installed six BikeLids at both the Riverside Downtown and North Main Corona stations. The BikeLid is a competitively priced alternative product that significantly alleviates both the complexity and cost of a traditional bike locker. The design is essentially hybrid, integrating the simplicity of a bike rack with a clamshell hinged lockable cover. BikeLids allow first come/first served single use while patrons utilize their own standard bicycle lock. This eliminates the need of a separate key and lock mechanism while still providing the security of covered storage, discouraging misuse and optimizing proper use. Furthermore, the unique design has been demonstrated to increase awareness and consideration of bicycle use. The BikeLid product is utilized at the Oceanside transit center. The units are durable, simple and attractive. BikeLid provides a 10-year warranty on material and workmanship." -- Riverside County Transportation Commission Greater Portland Transit District
"We have been extremely happy with the BikeLid units which we installed in Maine last year. They have been used on a regular basis by both those who travel on our buses and those who make their entire commute by bike. The Lids withstood the rigors of the Maine winter including an unprecedented ice storm. The BikeLids were always ready for use and never frozen shut. Their unique sculpture-like appearance and the granite color blends well with the downtown streetscape. Users are pleased with the security the BikeLids offer and METRO and the users appreciate the convenience of having them available.” -- John Tibbetts, Transportation Manager, Greater Portland Transit District
“We love our BikeLids, and love the wrap. The community has had nothing but good comments about them. It’s like a little bit of art – that’s useful too.” -- Sarah Janus, Program Coordinator, North Natomas TMA
“I would like to confirm that after a year of use and a Massachusetts winter, your product continues to be in excellent condition. We have had no problems whatsoever. As advertised, lids appear to be essentially maintenance and administration free. Having a secure, dry shelter for bikes is much appreciated by those who wish to cycle to work and encourages cycling over driving. This is a step in the right direction environmentally.” -- Mark A. Johnson, City Planner, City of Newton, Massachusetts
“The BikeLid has a proven track record as a highly secure, durable product. It’s unique design and construction makes it ideal for short and long-term bicycle parking. The strength and durability of the product is unmatched among bicycle parking products. The product’s resistance to graffiti and vandalism is also a very attractive feature. BLS’s commitment to environmentally conscious manufacturing and recycling set BikeLid apart from any other product in the industry. The flexibility in installation, configuration and locking are also unmatched by any other product.” -- James Knopka, Trail Development Coordinator, City of Folsom, CA
“As a health agency, the American Lung Association of Gulf Coast Florida recognizes that importance of improving the quality of the air we breathe…The BikeLid storage unit is an effective means to accomplish these goals.” -- Aileen Rodriguez, Environmental Programs Specialist
From The Suggestion Box – We Need More Bike Lids At Our DART Stations
“We need a whole lot more bike lids at our DART stations. I ride the train most days but there isn’t space on them for my bike and I don’t need it once I’m downtown. I’m sure there are others that would like to do the same thing but don’t want to risk the inevitable stolen/vandalized bike. We’ve got four stations serving over 100,000 residents with a grand total of four bike lids. Ludicrous! Who do we bother at DART about this? If they won’t do it, will they let the city do it for them? We know who to bother there.” --Bike Friendly Richardson (BFR) reader Sam - http://bikefriendlyrichardson.org/2013/02/10/