Ask Prolly: Would You Ever Pay for Bike Parking? Nov 22, 2010


Parking your bike in NYC can be a pain in the ass. In the last few weeks I’ve had my saddle bag raided, my Hold Fasts stolen and even had someone try to steal my front wheel while it was locked to my bike! With all the thievery going on, a lot of people ask me if I would ever pay for bike parking in NYC. It’s a weighted question. A lot of the rates that are advertised in parking garages around midtown are way too high but when I came across this sign in the East Village yesterday I considered, for the first time, using bike parking.

I said considered. Personally, I just don’t lock my nice bikes up in the city and if I do, I lock it with a few locks. But that doesn’t stop people from ganking your saddle, bars or even toe straps. I guess there’s no real answer to this question but if I worked at an office that didn’t allow me to bring my bike up, I’d totally lock it up in a secure location for $1 a day. That’s less than a cup of coffee for peace of mind.

  • One dollar! That is hella cheap!

  • There’s a for-pay secure bike parking at the train station in Palo Alto, CA. I don’t use it but it seems popular. $1/day for occasional users, significant discounts if you buy monthly or annual plans

  • blair

    i think i’d probably do it in an instance of riding my bike to a place that i wouldn’t be returning to for several days, such as a train station from which i were leaving to go to the airport or something like that. otherwise, i’d probably never pay for it. that’s one of the top 10 benefits of being a cyclist in the first place!

  • Matt Nichols

    I would so pay $1 is a lot lighter then a lock and it gives you more security

  • s

    I’d pay up to $40/month for indoor bike parking, so long as it was near where I work. Most places I’ve seen are ~$90/month.

  • santiago

    i would so pay a Dollar for a day no doubt.

  • Adam

    yeah, i’d pay for sure, as long as it was near where i was going or work. these people need to create more of these parking lots.

  • Jim

    Bikestation offers safe, secure and convenient bike parking for about $10 a month. Security access, video monitoring, lockers, sometimes showers. Parking parity equals cycling equity.

  • rodney

    We do it here at Grove Street Bicycles… indoor, safe, daily , weekly , and monthly !!
    come check us out !

    Grove Street Bicycles
    365 Grove Street
    Jersey City, N.J. 07302

  • sew

    here in chile the subway offered some friends to operate one parking-shop right out the metro and it worked really nice.

    there’s quite a lot of customers using the parking-workshop
    and it turned into a really cool fixed gear shop…