Bike riding is experiencing unprecedented growth in Australia and is an important part of an integrated response to the transport challenges facing our urban centers. Therefore bike parking is important to encourage more people cycling more often.
As you know bike riding is experiencing unprecedented growth in Australia, it is the fastest growing recreation activity in Australia and part of a significant social change to both health and travel behavior patterns. Once viewed by policy makers as a fringe activity, bike riding is now recognised as an important part of an integrated response to the transport challenges facing our urban centres.
Currently 1.92 million people above the age of 15 years ride bikes at different frequencies, durations and intensities for a variety of reasons – transport/utility, recreation and competition. This does not take into account those below the age of 15 years, or the remaining population of Australians that do not ride bikes.
BWA is committed to get more people cycling more often, from school children through to seniors, with our behaviour change programs, like Ride2School and the upcoming Ride to Work Campaigns.
Cycling is a low cost form of transport and is well suited for trips of less than 5 kilometres, particularly in inner urban areas where roads are congested and parking spaces are at a premium. Estimates show that bicycle use in some cities is growing by more than 10% per annum, resulting in both state and local governments funding construction of thousands of kilometres of dedicated cycleways and shared paths.
In this section, BWA gives you information on bike parking for the individual, workplaces, schools or the community.
KEEPING YOUR BIKE SAFE
HELP MAKE SURE YOUR BIKE IS WHERE YOU LEFT IT!
To ensure your bike is safe and secure it is recommended that you lock your bike up in a safe area, away from dark lanes. If possible, try and lock it up at a designated bike parking place, or in an open place where people will notice if anyone is acting suspiciously. It is also recommended that you use a strong chain lock or U-Bolt. For a list of Bike Cages click here.
HELP ENSURE IT’S RETURN
In the unfortunate occasion that your bike is stolen or goes missing, there are a number of steps you can take to help ensure its return. Many lost or stolen bikes end up at the Police Stations and the biggest issue the officers have is to match them with the correct owner.
Each bike has its own unique serial number which can be registered through a Bike Shop. When you purchase a new bike, ensure that the Bike Shop takes note of your name and the bikes serial number. If you are buying a second hand bike you can request your bike be reregistered with the bike store the previous owner purchased it from.
Microdot Technology is another way to help police identify your bike. With Microdot technology, you are unable to see the engraving with the naked eye but the markings come up under UV light. Police recommend you use your Drivers License number as form of identification.
PUBLIC BIKE PARKING IN THE CITY
SECURE PUBLIC PARKING NOW AVAILABLE
As part of City of Perth’s commitment to become a more cycle friendly city, City of Perth Parking has installed 54 secure bicycle parking bays at its innovative facility – Elder Street car park. Conveniently located within the FTZ, on the free Red Cat bus route and a block away from three of the major cycle routes into the city, riders can park their bicycles for just 20 cents per hour, with a 12 hour maximum of $1.00 or 24 hour maximum of $2.00. For more information visit their website
The bicycle parking has a dedicated entry on the Elder Street side of the car park next to the motorcycle entry. It has a two-way pedestrian turnstile gate and bicycle gate for increased security. Bicycle entry and exit instructions can be found here and it also shows a map of where the parking facility is located in relation to cycle routes.
For more information on the development of a cycle friendly City of Perth, please visit
For more information on City of Perth Parking visit
City of Perth will be monitoring usage closely and welcome user’s feedback regarding the new facility.
Securabike design bike parking facilities, bicycle hitching rails and racks, bicycle cages, lockers and enclosures.
MORE AUSTRALIANS ARE RIDING BICYCLES
In Australia there are over 5 million bicycles being used by a growing cross-section of people either as a means of transportation or as recreation. In 2008 over one million new bicycles were sold – eclipsing for the first time, the number of motor vehicles. It is estimated that 5% of all trips are made by bicycles and 20% of Australians regularly use a bicycle – at least once a fortnight. Most importantly, cycling is a low cost form of transport.
CYCLING FOR TRANSPORTATION AND RECREATION
Cycling is a clean and efficient mode of transport which is well suited for trips less than 5 kilometres, particularly in inner urban areas where roads are congested and parking spaces are at a premium. Cycling also plays an important part in recreation within the community and is an excellent family activity for people of all ages. Estimates show that bicycle use in some cities is growing by more than 10% per annum, resulting in both state and local governments funding construction of thousands of kilometres of dedicated cycleways and shared paths.
SECURE PARKING FACILITIES ARE ESSENTIAL
Unfortunately, with this upsurge of bicycle use, there is an increase in bicycle theft and a need therefore, for professionally designed, secure parking facilities. Leda, with its proven background in mechanical and physical security products, has developed the Securabike range of rails, racks, lockers, cages and compounds that not only carry the Leda style and appeal but are put together with security in mind.
For information about product range, security, converting car spaces to bicycle parking or recommended bicycle parking provision, visit Securabike’s website
STEADYRACK BIKE RACK
Steadyrack delivers a convenient vertical wall mounted bike rack, using minimal floor space which is perfect for the home, office or garage.
As the old adage says, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and for the team at Steadyrack, this statement certainly rings true. Springing from an idea born inside a family garage in 2000, the Steadyrack team have developed a unique, aesthetically pleasing and stylish bike rack that will fit perfectly into every home, office or garage.
Designed and engineered in Australia, the Steadyrack team have paid great attention to detail, creating a bike rack that requires minimal space and installation effort. Unlike many of the other racks on the market, the Steadyrack Bike Rack boasts a unique and patented design, and as such, requires no heavy lifting which makes it ideal for people of all sizes and ages.
Perfect for the majority of standard bike and wheel sizes, the user simply wheels their bike up to the rack and guides it into position. Releasing the rear brake, the rack does the rest, lifting the bike off the ground and out of the way.
The Steadyrack Bike Rack delivers a convenient vertical storage solution, using minimal floor space. Furthermore, with its unique swivel action, you have the option of leaving your bike in the central position or swivelling the rack to the left or right as the need arises. Allowing you to store a number of bikes side by side, making it the ideal solution for families and businesses alike.
For more information, click here.