Wellington’s first covered public bicycle rack is now in use. The new Grey Street bike rack is also the first Dutch two-tiered rack that the City Council has installed for public use. It is similar to one next to Victoria University’s School of Architecture and Design.
The new rack, which will provide parking up to 59 bikes, is open to the footpath but protected from the weather by a new three-sided, bus stop-style shelter.
It has been installed adjacent to the public shower and toilets to provide a convenient option for people who would like to freshen up or get changed after biking into town but don’t have facilities where they work.
The upper deck of the rack is gas-assisted. It can be used by pulling the red handle out fully, pushing it down firmly, lining a bike up and pushing it on to the rack. Bikes need to be locked with the cyclist’s own lock in the usual way, and then the rack can be lifted and pushed back into position.
The rack is easy to use, but staff will be on hand from 7.00 to 9.00am for the first few mornings to help show cyclists how the top deck works.
There will also be a demonstration of the new rack, and the electric vehicle (EV) charger that was recently installed just across the road, at lunchtime on Thursday 15 November, from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
Staff will be on hand, and there will be two electric vehicles on display, including one with a 400km range.
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says the Council is encouraging people to use active modes of transport, and promoting electric vehicle charging and car sharing to help reduce the city’s greenhouse emissions.
“With the new bike rack and EV charger, Grey Street is fast becoming a little sustainable transport hub in the heart of the city.”
Cr Sarah Free, the Council’s Portfolio Leader for Walking and Cycling, says the Council is keen to test the style of rack and, depending on demand, will consider putting in one or two more in central city locations.
“To help manage congestion as the city’s population grows, we need to encourage as many people as possible to be walking, biking and taking public transport.
“More bike parking is just one of the ways the Council is working to make it possible for people of all ages and abilities to consider making some trips by bike. And locating it near shower and change facilities helps address one of the things some people see as a barrier to commuting to work by bike.”