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Old 08-06-16, 05:05 PM
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Do you presently use a bike locker? If so, tell me about it and how much you pay.

Not currently.

If not, would you use a bike locker if it was inside a parking garage and within reasonable walking distance to work? (You get to decide how far “reasonable” is.)

Within 1/4 mile is fine.

What type of locker would you prefer?
  • One where you bring you own lock—padlock and U-lock compatible—but you can't leave your lock overnight?
  • One where you buy an online rechargeable access card and it charges you 5˘ (yes, only a nickel) an hour to park? (40˘ to 50˘ a day.) And you can use that card in other cities too. And you can also reserve a locker online before leaving for work?
  • One with its own key lock, and you pay $30 for six months April 1 to October 31, or $50 for a whole year April 1 to March 31 (your choice) plus a key deposit for either period?
I'd prefer option 2, with the quick-access card and online account. It sounds convenient. Also, I'd be concerned that bike thieves might target conventional locks and just cut them.

Bonus question: If there were bike-share bikes stationed at the same garage, would you use one,
  • to commute instead of your own bike, or
  • for running errands at lunchtime instead of your own bike which you would leave in the locker.
I'd just use my own bike.

Any other thoughts or comments?

I currently commute using an inexpensive hybrid and I'm fine locking it up on the street. I do have a really nice bike on order. If I had access to a bike locker that I trusted to be secure I might use my nice bike for commuting.
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