SunLive – New bike parking rolls into the City Centre

Since the hottest days of summer are approaching, it’s a perfect time to change your daily commute from sitting in traffic to fresh air in your hair.

To help support the community as they rethink their commute this summer, Tauranga City Council has partnered with local business, Basestation, to create a covered and secure bike park in the city centre.

Bike Stop opens on Monday 6 November at 28 Gray Street next to the Te Puna Manawa library entrance, ready to provide an alternative parking option for city center workers looking to switch cars for the his bike or e-scooter this summer.

The new bike park will be open from Monday to Friday from 5am to 10pm and has capacity for 78 bikes or scooters. Power points are available for charging e-bikes and e-scooters, and lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

People who want to try Bike Stop can register now through the The Basestation website. Once registered, an access code (or fob key) will be issued for users to access the secure facility when it opens on November 6.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to open the first bike and scooter park of its kind in Tauranga and partner with a local business operator to manage the facility, says the city’s General Manager of Development and Partnerships Gareth Wallis.

“As part of the revitalization of Tauranga city centre, we are on a journey towards a future that supports a more sustainable range of transport choices, such as bicycles and e-scooters, where people of all ages age and ability can move safely and freely. the city. As we work to become a multimodal city, we are always looking for opportunities to help encourage more people to reconsider their daily journey and look at cheaper and more sustainable ways of travel”.

“The recent ShiftHub initiative managed by PriorityOne has shown that businesses and the community want more bike parking options in the city, and the partnership with Basestation has helped make this happen. to create a seamless and friendly facility for the community”.

According to Basestation Co-Founder Steven Vincent, partnering with Tauranga City Council to establish and run Bike Stop has given us the opportunity to expand our current offering of shared space and create a bike friendly parking system that we know the needs of the community.

“As a local Tauranga resident who works in the city centre, having a secure and covered bike park will be a game changer for commuters like myself, especially as we enter the warmer summer months. Bike Stop is an ideal way for city center businesses without adequate end-of-trip facilities to provide secure bike parking for their staff.

To encourage the wider community to use alternative modes of transport, there will be a range of additional bicycle parking spaces coming to the city center in early 2024.

Some of the new bike parking includes two relocatable bike shelters near the sea, which fit up to 10 bikes and provide weather protection, a new covered bike parking at Thirty Eight Elizabeth (from early 2024 ) and under the new shopping center 35 Hamilton Street from mid-2024, plus 20 bike parks with a partial shelter at 160-176 Devonport Road between First and Second Ave.

Bike Stop will operate for an initial period of 18 months and we will continue to monitor the use of the facility as well as additional bike parking options in the city center and adjust as necessary adds Gareth Wallis.

“We recognize the need to make cycling an attractive alternative to driving, and ensuring we have enough bike parking options is essential as we move towards becoming a multimodal transport city.”

About BikeStop:

  • Location: The entrance is located at 28 Gray Street and requires an access code or key fob to open.
  • Opening hours: You can access the bicycle parking from Monday to Friday, between 5 am and 10 pm.
  • Availability: There is capacity for up to 78 bicycles or scooters and some power points for charging e-scooters / e-bikes – bring your own charger.
  • Security: Two security gates separate the bikes from the street outside, operated with an access code (or fob key) assigned to registered users. There will also be monitored CCTV cameras in the facility.
  • Cost: There is a small cost of $1 per day for a covered and secure bicycle stand in the facility. This helps contribute to the cost of running the facility.
  • Registration: Users can gain access by registering via the Basestation website:

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