Bicycle Network: Good Design Guides
Bike parking at train stations
Bicycle Network Victoria strongly supports and is actively campaigning for the introduction of secure bike storage sheds at railway stations across Victoria.
Parkiteers tell a story
3 August 2009 The Parkiteer program has revealed many interesting rider behaviours and characteristics.
The map below is of the Brighton Beach Station. You click on it to see a larger version
Orange dots represent people who were already riding to the station.
Green dots represent those who were previously driving to the station.
The majority of the Parkiteer registrants are consistently riding from one to 3.5km away.
There are very few, if any, registrants within 0 to one kilometre from the station and numbers drop off beyond 3.5km.
Over half of the registrants stated they were previously driving to and parking at the station. The cage has demonstrated that secure bike parking was all that was needed to release the latent demand of people wanting to ride to the station.
An average week day (during winter) sees 15 bikes parked in the cage. This effectively demonstrates a higher yield of land use as this space, previously three car parking spots, has been converted into a minimum 15 parking spots. So the cage is not only getting more people active but also relieving parking congestion at the station. A win-win situation for everyone concerned.
Brighton Beach has a number of attractions to users. It is within Zone One and therefore a cheaper ticket price.
The service is often better compared to the Frankston line. Note some riders live much closer to the Frankston line yet are opting to ride furhter to the Brighton Beach Station.
Parking - the biggest winner
The images below illustrate how space effective bike parking can be. Investing in bike parking at train stations offers a far higher return on investment if less space is needed for parking.
26 Cars need this much space 26 bikes need this much space
Parkiteer is launched
6 January 2009 22 Bike cages have been built across the metropolitan and regional network and are being launched in coming days. For more information go to www.parkiteer.com.au
Minister announces $1m for bike cages.
15Feb08 Today the Minister for Public Transport announced $1m for 20 bike cages across the metropolitan and regional rail systems. This is a substantial commitment. If the cages fill, as we expect they will, the government is likely to install more.
The benefit of a cage program is substantial. The cages will help take cars off busy roads as people ride to the station instead. The bike trips will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas and other pollution. Bike parking will take the pressure off the overflowing carparks, be cheaper than extending car parks and there will be the health benefits to the rider. The new riders will save money and petrol and some riders will be able to sell their car.
We encourage members and supporters to thank the Minister. Email
New secure bike cages hit the ground in Perth
Nov 07 The photo to the right shows the new secure bike shelter that has recently been installed at a Perth train station. The shelters have fine steel mesh walls that are very strong and secure. Bicycle Parking rails are yet to be installed in the pictured shelter.
The installation of this shelter is great news for Victorian rail commuters because it means we can now go ahead with a trial of similar shelters here. Two locations are proposed for the trial; Eltham and South Geelong. We are working with the Department of Infrastructure and local Council and suppliers to get a trial up and running in early 2008.
Bike parking cages at Train Stations to be trialed
Sep 06 It now likely that some funding will be made available for two train stations to be fitted with secure bicycle parking sheds that can house approximately 40 bikes. These stations will act as demonstration projects to build the case for further installations.
We have selected a short list of stations that might be suitable for this demonstration project. Thank you to the 400+ people that responded to our surveys to identify the best stations for bike sheds. Geoff from Hampton won the Kryptonite Bike Lock and Craig from Cheltenham has won the Lonely Planet Cycling Australia guide book.
The survey ranked Brighton beach and Eltham as the most popular metropolitan stations that should get a bike cages. The results were:
- 33% of respondents wanted a cage at Brighton Beach station
- 23% of respondents wanted a cage at Eltham station
- 19% of respondents wanted a cage at Hoppers Crossing station
- 14% of respondents wanted a cage at Frankston station
- Outside easy riding distance from Melbourne's CBD
- The stations are where express trains stop.
- The stations have a full time staff presence.
- They are inside a fare zone boundary
- They are accessible by bike, ie there are some bike paths and/or lanes nearby
- There is potential car parking congestion at these stations.