Park My Bike, Please!
More people are riding their bikes into town because it is fun and convenient, and it sure beats congestion. Sadly, the supply of good quality, accessible bike parking spots is not increasing at the same rate. So, Bicycle Network Tasmania has launched a new project aimed at helping the business and property owners of greater Hobart to improve the bike parking they offer to customers and visitors. As the capital city of our State, Hobart should be showing how it is done.
We now have a Bike Parking Champion, Matt Drake, who is ready to hear from riders about where there is a need for better parking. He will work out the most desirable locations and approach likely businesses to see if they would like to improve what they offer to their customers and staff. We'll let business owners know that good bike parking can encourage customers to patronise their businesses and to spend more time (and money) in their area. And of course, more people riding bikes will decrease the traffic congestion both in carparks and in our streets.
In many cases, business owners could approach their local Council and get a free bike hoop or two installed on the public footpath outside. In other cases, a better quality result might be to instal on private property, and in these cases the business owner might have to pay for it. Bicycle Network may be able to assist with discounts on bike loops. Matt can advise on a range of options, models and prices, and provide a handy form that businesses can use (thanks to TBUG for sharing this great idea). From the Bike Parking Experts: what to look for in a quality bike parking installation.
We are starting with greater Hobart, to test and build this model, and in time hope to be able to extend the project to other areas of Tas. Other aspects to the project include recording where bike parking is available and creating an online map to assist riders.
How you can get involved:
- check out our new Bike Parking - Hobart Facebook page
- suggest good places where bike parking is needed, or agree with other riders' suggestions, using FB or emailing to Matt (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- approach the owners of your favourite business stops to let them know you would appreciate it if they could add some bike parking, and if they seem interested, pass their details on to Matt (email email@example.com)
- check out these quick tips on what makes bike parking useful.