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Old 09-09-07, 08:38 AM
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bike lockers

Anyone know of a good source for bike locker(s)?

Maybe a funding source for an NPO (high school) to get a couple?

DIY bike lockers perhaps?

There is a bike rack at my school, but I don't want to worry about all the easily removable items on the bike (lights, panniers, etc.) and was thinking a bike locker might be a good solution.
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Old 09-09-07, 08:58 AM
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we have the box styles in our area
http://www.cyclesafe.com/RenderTable.aspx
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Old 09-09-07, 11:35 AM
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Bike Lockers are great, I have used one at my work place for over 7 years. Do any of the school teachers or administrators ride a bike to school? If not, are any of them interested or involved in pro-environment "green issues"? It would help to find a few people with "clout" at the school to help support your idea. They are the ones who have the power to get some funding. Try to sell the idea as a way that would result in fewer cars taking students to school, or fewer buses needed to transport students. If one less school bus trip per day were needed to bring students to school, that alone would pay for bike lockers in a short time. Good luck to you.
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Old 09-09-07, 11:50 AM
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The thing I don't get is this: when you lock your bike in there, does an attendant give you a key or what?
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Old 09-09-07, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by paulwwalters View Post
The thing I don't get is this: when you lock your bike in there, does an attendant give you a key or what?
at my college, there are 8 bike lockers that belong to the police station when the cops used to be more active and patrol on bicycles. now the cops got electric go-carts so the bike lockers are just rotting in the sun. I discovered them in our basement and now I am the only one that uses them. not many people bike to our school since our school is on top of an 18% grade hill. every morning i just go to the police station across the street and trade in my driver's license for the key. when i'm ready to go home, i trade everything back in.

i like the idea of bike lockers so people can't fool around with my computers and components. the last thing i want is for my brakes to fail when i'm bombing the hill at 50+ mph! also hiding my somewhat expensive bike from the eyes of others is nice too.
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Old 09-10-07, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Maxximum View Post
we have the box styles in our area
http://www.cyclesafe.com/RenderTable.aspx
This is the kind that some of the Metra train stations in the Chicagoland area have. I rent one where I get off the train on the way to work and keep bike #2 in it. It's the best $5 per month that I could spend. Where I get on the train, they don't have lockers. But they are totally rebuilding the station and I've made calls asking about and advocating the installation of bike lockers as part of the rebuild. I haven't gotten anywhere yet.
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Old 09-10-07, 08:14 AM
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I have had a cyclesafe locker at the Hamilton train station in NJ for several years now. It costs me $7.50 / month. The locker is mine, I don't share it with anyone, nobody else has a key. I have a jacket and an umbrella and a few other things in there. It's great.
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Old 09-10-07, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by paulwwalters View Post
The thing I don't get is this: when you lock your bike in there, does an attendant give you a key or what?
Here in Indy, you have to set up an account online. Then when you get to the locker, you call a number from your cell phone to unlock it. It charges your credit card automatically when you return the key. I haven't used it, but it seems pretty nice, since you don't have to carry cash (which I never do).
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Old 09-10-07, 09:17 AM
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In Minneapolis, there are programs run by both the state DOT and the City of Minneapolis that provide lockers. Here, we sign contracts to rent the lockers for a period of time, and the key is provided at the time the locker contract is submitted. It's a great deal -- $35 for April 1st through the end of November, or $55 year-round. Unfortunately, this year I picked a locker in a location where the drunks/homeless regularly urinate, so the place stinks to high heaven.
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Old 09-10-07, 10:04 AM
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Along the Ventura County line from the Los Angeles Metrolink they have them. In LA county they're run by the Bicycle coalition, and have built in locks, and you have to rent them monthly. I've been on a waiting list for 4 months, and I'm sure some of them are rotting and empty.

In the Ventura County side (at least in Simi Valley) they just have a handle with a hole you can put a regular lock on, and they're first come first serve. They've never been full yet, and I can always find one.

I'm a big fan of the open first come first serve means of doing it.

As far as finding them, here's the ones we have (and I like them) http://www.ameribike.com/catalog/bik...eries/300.html

I'm not sure what pricing is or how you could get help financing them. sorry

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I'm a big fan of the open first come first serve means of doing it.

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While this can have advantages in some situations and in some ways is more fair, when you have a routine commute where you would regularly be accessing the same lockers, it's great to have your own dedicated locker. I keep chain lube, some tools, and other misc things in there all the time.
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Old 09-10-07, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by bpohl View Post
Here in Indy, you have to set up an account online. Then when you get to the locker, you call a number from your cell phone to unlock it. It charges your credit card automatically when you return the key. I haven't used it, but it seems pretty nice, since you don't have to carry cash (which I never do).
My school is very close to downtown Indy, 16th and Pennsylvania. Where are the bike lockers?
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Old 09-10-07, 07:56 PM
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I'm a big fan of make'n my own scene...buying a locker and parking it a the employer. Don't know if an employer would go for that though.Anyone tried that?
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