Park and Go With Parkiteer
Security has always been an issue for ï¿½Bike and Rideï¿½ travellers in Melbourne who ride their bike to the station, park it there, and board a train to their destinations. Due to the lack of security in some stations, travellers have felt the need to travel with their bikes, adding to carriage congestion during peak travel hours.
Bicycle Network, along with Victoriaï¿½s Department of Transport, has come up with an innovative solution, in the form of secure bike cages at some train stations ï¿½ where travellers can safely park their bikes without worrying about security.
The Parkiteer Cages
Constructed from heavy-duty steel, with a steel roof and heavy steel mesh side panels, these secure cages are firmly held in place on concrete slabs. An electronic proximity card and reader are used for locking and unlocking in order to gain access to the cages. A remote controlled telemetric system monitors the security of the cage and its power supply.
One Parkiteer cage can usually handle up to 26 bicycles, though there are a few cages with higher capacity. The cage structure has been chosen after much research, survey of interested parties and study of similar designs that were proven successful in Perth.
Benefits for Travellers
For travellers already committed to Bike and Ride, Parkiteer offers a safe sheltered place to park their bikes without threat of vandalism, theft, or unintentional damage. Cyclists also welcome the ability to store their biking accessories like helmet, shoes, clothing and so on.
For people considering a switch to Bike and Ride, here is why Parkiteer might be a great option:
ï¿½ Save money: By leaving your car at home, you are saving money in petrol and parking fees.
ï¿½ Improve your health: Riding your bike everyday can keep you fit at little cost, without need for a gym membership.
ï¿½ Save time: By taking a bike, you are not wasting time sitting around in crawling traffic. You also save the time spent searching for a traffic spot near the station, or near your workplace.
ï¿½ Go green: Riding a bike and using public transport is definitely the environmentally sustainable option.
Parkiteer is becoming increasingly popular in Melbourne, with most new train stations getting one. In fact, in many stations, there is already a waiting list for a Parkiteer spot. For more information about Parkiteer and to find a location near you, visit https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rides-and-events/
If you are thinking of switching to cycling for your morning commute, we invite you to visit Ivanhoe Cycles at our Heidleberg or Hallam stores. We carry and service a wide variety of mountain and road bikes, as well cycling accessories at affordable prices.