The number of TransLink-operated bike parkades in Metro Vancouver could nearly double with the public transit authority’s plans to build new facilities at four rail stations in the region.
A Request For Proposals (RFP) issued by TransLink seeks contractors to build secure bike parkade facilities at SkyTrain’s Burquitlam Station and Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station and the West Coast Express’ Maple Meadows Station and Port Coquitlam Station.
There could be additional locations if funding permits. The RFP currently provides this project with a budget of up to $10 million.
“Part of TransLink’s mission is to connect the region and enhance its livability by providing a sustainable transportation network. Improving cycling infrastructure supports that. Bike parkades make taking a bike to transit easy and worry-free,” said TransLink in a statement to Daily Hive.
“We believe having a safe and simple place to park a bike before connecting to transit could encourage more people to try it.”
Cyclists can currently access TransLink’s bike parkades using their registered Compass Card, with parking space available on a first-come, first-served basis. It costs only $1 per day to use the parkades, with fees capped at just $8 per month.
Bike parkades can currently be found at Joyce-Collingwood Station, King George Station, and Main Street-Science World Station.
Earlier this year, additional facilities opened at King Edward Station and Metrotown Station.
A location will also be opening at Commercial-Broadway Station as part of the extensive upgrades currently being made to the station.
As of June, there were about 1,400 bike parkade registrants and 18,000 recorded parkade entries.
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