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Canada Line bike lockers now available

Store your bike in a locker at a Canada Line station, and you won't need to take it on the train.

Store your bike in a locker at a Canada Line station, and you won't need to take it on the train.

Bike lockers at most Canada Line stations are now available!

A locker is $30 for a three-month period, plus a refundable key deposit. Check out the bike lockers page on the main TransLink website to see the locker locations and sign up to get one.


11 Comments

  • By Jeff MacLeod, September 1, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

    Awesome. Now all they need id Canada Line pay phones, especially at King Edward station *grumbles*

  • By Jimbo, September 2, 2009 @ 7:32 am

    Canada Line rocks!

  • By zack, September 2, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    What? you mean there are no payphones on the canada line system?

  • By real_urbanist, September 2, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    Unfortunately, the bike lockers are some of the most offensive looking streetscape elements around – I would have a hard time finding a more ugly example anywhere else. After spending so much money on this system, why is one of the most prominent visual pieces such an eyesore?!!?
    There are great examples out there, but not for us….

  • By Rebecca, September 2, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

    What a ridiculous comment – that they are aesthetically offensive! They’re a great idea. Thank you TransLink!!

  • By real_urbanist, September 3, 2009 @ 11:16 am

    i agree that they are a great idea, but i’m disappointed because they contribute little to the aesthetics of the public realm, especially when there are far better examples to choose from. Great idea, poorly executed.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 3, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    real_urbanist:
    Btw, I forwarded your comment on to our cycling department and here’s the response.

    I agree that the design could be more aesthetically pleasing. We have been using these lockers for over 15 years and to date we have not had a single break-in – ie. They may be ugly – but they work.

    Please note that we will consider aesthetic considerations in future secure bicycle parking facilities.

    I’m also told that there are limited products on the market in terms of bike lockers, so there’s that, too.

  • By real_urbanist, September 4, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    Jhenifer – thanks for forwarding the message.

    I know that there are limited options out there – I toured the Portland LRT a couple of years ago and on the new line, the bike lockers were perforated stainless – i’m sure not cheap, but they did add some visual appeal to the stations. They also fit with the other elements found on the stations. I’ve even seen some with different colours, such as bright red, that also adds some interest.

    Thanks for having the lockers and it’s a great record for safety – It’d be great to find some updated designs to keep the trend going!

    Perhaps I’ll have to design some…I’ll let you know…

  • By Richard Hartger, September 11, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    I don’t take offence at the remark about how the bike lockers look even though I had a hand in the product design and production of those enclosures. The current locker unit appearance was considered to blend in with brick and concrete site elements so they would not stand out as much and compete with other architectural building elements. This standard color was a decision that has served us well over time. There are some new bike locker cladding components available for the system we offer. We know that bike storage lockers are high profile embasadors for the overall bike to transit journey. Just a FYI, the furnished Standstone tan bike lockers have many different options available and can even have multi colored paint on them, can be wrapped or various looking stainless cladding infill panels for example, added later to spif them up a bit if anybody thinks they know how to pay for it as an upgrade. Meanwhile, I hope you are using them every day. Cheers.

  • By Tim, August 8, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    If the demand for the lockers are not currently saturated, is it possible to lower the monthly cost of the lockers? Thank you.
    Tim

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, August 16, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    Hi Tim,

    I’m told the cost is $10 per month right now, and it is a TransLink set price that is tied into the contractor agreement. We are going to pilot some bike cage parking that will be priced differently – at King George Station – next year. Unfortunately, that doesn’t really alleviate your concern right away.

    However, as far as I’m told, the cost is about as low as it can be. The cycling folks tell me the cost is heavily subsidized by TransLink already to encourage people to rent the lockers. If you do use it to commute every weekday, (about 20 days/month), that works out to only about 50 cents per day of use.

    The cost only covers administration and a small portion of the maintenance, which include cleaning, graffiti removal, and administration: TransLink pays for any new doors or other broken parts that need replacing outside of these fees. And again, the reason we subsidize this is to encourage people to cycle vs drive to our transit stations.

    Hope that helps!

    Jhenifer

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