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Bike valets offer free secure bike parking in Vancouver

The bike valet service near LiveCity Yaletown in downtown Vancouver. [1]

The bike valet service near LiveCity Yaletown in downtown Vancouver.

If you’re cycling to Olympic events in Vancouver, remember that you can leave your bike at several “bike valet” locations, which offer free, secure, staffed bike parking.

Check out the full list of Vancouver bike valet locations [2] — both LiveCity locations have one nearby, and they are also near Pacific Coliseum, the Vancouver Olympic Centre (curling), and B.C. Place and Canada Hockey Place. They’re run by BEST, a sustainable transportation group.

I rode my bike in for the opening ceremonies, and left my bike with the valet at LiveCity Yaletown. (It was a bit hidden but they were arranging for better signage as I went in! It’s basically right across the street from the LiveCity Yaletown entrance.)

It works just like a coat check: leave your bike and get a ticket, then come back with your ticket to claim your bike again.

The bike valet wasn’t super full when I was there in the early afternoon on Friday, but I’m guessing more cyclists will discover it as an option!

Here are just a few more photos of the facilities at Yaletown.

The bike valet racks. Fencing surrounds the entire bike rack space. [3]

The bike valet racks. Fencing surrounds the entire bike rack space.

The super nice bike valet staffer! [4]

The super nice bike valet staffer!

A panoramic photo showing the LiveCity Yaletown entrance on the left, and the bike valet on the right. Click for a larger version! [5]

A panoramic photo showing the LiveCity Yaletown entrance on the left, and the bike valet on the right. Click for a larger version!