Downtown bike-parking trial Downtown bike-parking trial

AT conducted a public evaluation of different types of bike parking, several of which are new to Auckland.

Consultation status: Closed 8 May 2015.

The trial bike parking was located at the Downtown Ferry Terminal, East Side, alongside the Airport Bus stands and taxi ranks.

Trial bike rack types

Bike tree

Double stacking

Harrogate rack

High density

Sheffield rack with sleeve


Thank you to everyone that provided feedback on the Downtown bike-parking trial. The feedback has now been compiled into a feedback report. 

The report will be used to further inform our bike parking facilities programme throughout the city.

Feedback survey results

203 Aucklanders completed an online survey between April 30 and May 15, following demonstration bike parking being displayed at Queens Wharf. 108 respondents had been to the bike parking trial site, while the balance responded to images included in the survey.

1. Current use of bike parking facilities

Current use of bike parking facilities graph

2. Preferred locations

Preferred locations for bike parking results

3. Ratings

Downtown bike-parking trial: parking ratings

4. Use preference

Downtown bike-parking trial feedback: Would you use this type of bike parking?

5. Most preferred

Downtown bike-parking trial: Most preferred bike park results

6. Comment summaries

6.1. Double Stacking

  • Used overseas successfully.
  • Appears complex, difficult to lift bikes to upper levels, expensive, high maintenance,
  • not durable, bikes in lower levels may be knocked/scratched.
    • However some who had tried it out commented that it is ‘surprisingly’ easy to use.
  • Not good looking.
  • Needs to have space for wide tyres, shocks, panniers, baskets etc.
  • Better for high density requirements, e.g. PT stations, rather than main streets.

6.2. High Density

  • Good use of space, relatively simple and durable design.
  • Good if higher bar supports weight and can be used to lock frame to.
  • May be hard on wheels/spokes, disc brakes.
  • Closely parked bikes may bump against each other, and be difficult to get to to lock.
    • Could be difficult to make use of all spaces.
    • More difficult if variety of bike sizes and styles are parked.
  • Easy to get bikes tangled.
  • Needs to be easy to lock frame. May need a longer cable lock.
  • Wide tyres, baskets, panniers may not fit.

6.3. New Sheffield

  • Preffered for low density areas.
  • Good looking, simple, low maintenance.
  • Avoids contact with spokes, discs, derailleurs, etc.
    • Possibly too tall or long for smaller folding bikes or childrens' bikes.
  • Can secure frame to stand.
  • Sleeve appreciated, may require maintenance.
  • Can lean bike against it while sorting lock.
  • Some bikes may not stay upright.

6.4. Harrogate Rack

  • Simple and low maintenance.
  • Avoids contact with spokes, discs, derailleurs, etc.
  • Bikes fall over easily.
  • Easily scratches bike.
  • Easy to lock frame to, but difficult if want to lock both wheels.
  • Low capacity.

6.5. Bike Tree

  • Difficult to lift bikes into, especially large bikes, e-­bikes, or by smaller people.
    • Heavy to lift, also may catch clothes etc.
  • Not immediately clear how to use.
  • May not fit with disc brakes, wide tyres, mudguards, accessories.
  • Difficult to lock frame to.
  • Similar versions with roof can work well.
  • Lower visibility for security behind racks.
  • May not save a lot of space if needs to be accessible from all sides.
  • Keeps bikes separate from each other.

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