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Jarrett, Great article. It resonates well with a secure bike parking program at railway stations that I manage in Melbourne called Parkiteer ( With projects like these that integrate transit and cycling, they need to be 'sold' as meaningful projects on two levels: to planners and decision makers in the operators and government (i.e. bike parking is a meaningful way to deal with congestion on transit from bikes onboard - especially in the peaks) and with cyclists and advocacy groups (i.e. this is legitimising transit and cycling as a sustainable form of transport and is not a tokenistic effort to appease a noisy minority of cyclists). Both these battles were fought in Melbourne in order to get the first cage in during late 2008. Once that battle was one, the other 44 have rolled out fairly smoothly. It's been running for 18 months now and with cages now deployed at 45 locations on the metropolitan and regional rail networks. In many locations, 3-4 car parking spaces in the station precinct close to the station entrance were taken to land a cage. The Parkiteer project has had some demonstrable effects on the usage of bikes and their interaction with the heavy rail network in Melbourne. To deal with some of Angus' comments by option, a survey of over 1200 existing Parkiteer users found that 32% of respondents already rode to the station, it has dealt with some Option A cyclists who previously rode to the station (32% of respondents). As a 'congestion busting' measure of removing bikes from onboard trains by providing secure parking (Option B), there has been some demonstrated success especially at peak times. The carriage of bikes on trains in the AM and PM peaks and during the interpeaks have either dropped or remained static (at a time when train patronage has continued to grow at about 6% per annum). Importantly and contrary to some perceived wisdom, Parkiteer has not cannibalised feeder bus (5%) or walking (14%) as an access mode to the stations (an extrapolation of the Option C scenario) - relatively small numbers when compared to the 42% of former car users (either drivers or passengers) who now use Parkiteer. We don't yet know how many riders who once rode all the way have been intercepted to become 'bike and ride' customers by Parkiteer (Option D) however. @ Jeff Wegerson, it will only take 7-8 ex-motorists to use the bike cage regularly to have 'broken even' in terms of space and the more bikes parked there, the better the return on investment is. Being able to prove to decision makers that secure bike parking increases the 'density' of parking at transit stops makes landing the next cage (or cages) easier. @ Colin Maher - TriMet has rightly hit the need for providing secure bike parking at both ends of the transit journey. This is something we're still trying to address in Melbourne, especially at our CBD stations and stations near major activity generators. LS
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