CycleSafe Introduces Extension Bike Lockers, an Innovation in Bicycle Parking

CycleSafe is pleased to introduce a new innovation in Bicycle Parking: Extension Bike Lockers.

CycleSafe has designed a variation of their ProPark bike locker to meet the needs of longer wheelbase extension bikes and recumbent bikes. Available in 3-unit locker modules to accommodate (2) extension bikes and (2) standard bikes in individual storage lockers. Bicycle parking units are modular and can be expanded in rows to accommodate additional bike capacity.

Extension Bike LockerThe extension bike lockers have one operating lockable door with the opposite door as a fixed rear panel. Each extension unit is composed of two triangular stalls combined by removing the interior side panel of the adjacent locker to create a parallelogram stall for longer bikes or multiple standard bikes. End units are triangular stalls for standard bikes.

Extension Bike Locker Features

  • Allows storage for a variety of bikes: Extension bikes, recumbent bikes
  • Modular for expansion, can be relocated as needs change
  • Existing lockers can be retrofitted to become extension bike lockers
  • Available with a variety of door lock options

Find out more about CycleSafe Extention Bike Lockers.

Grand Rapids Installs CycleSafe Bicycle Corrals: A New Concept in Bicycle Parking

CycleSafe is pleased to announce that the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority has installed 8 CycleSafe bicycle corrals and 90 bicycle racks to improve bicycle parking along its bike paths in downtown Grand Rapids.

“It is the DDA’s belief that these new facilities would help to promote cycling as an alternative mode of transportation and attract cyclists to the downtown area,” DDA planner Eric Pratt writes in a memo to the city’s Parking Commission.

The City of Grand Rapid offers a map giving the locations of bicycle paths, bicycle parking as well as bike shops in the downtown area: http://www.bikegrandrapids.org/files/maps/BikeGRMap_Front_web.pdf.

Bicycle Corrals

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A new concept for bicycle parking, eight bike corrals have been installed along various business districts downtown. This concept has proven to increase business activities in municipalities in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; as well as many cities in California. A bike corral transforms a standard parking lane or sidewalk area into bike parking for 4-8 bikes per five-foot section. Bikes can be placed at 45º angles to increase pathways between pedestrian or traffic lanes. Bicycle corrals allow for a more efficient use of space than other forms of bicycle parking to encourage traffic and economic activity for local businesses.

Bicycle Racks

U/2™ Bike Racks are the standard in inverted U bike racks, and are recommended by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicyclists Professionals (APBP) and meet government standards for Class 3 short-term bicycle parking.

CycleSafe’s inverted U bike racks accommodate two bicycles per rack providing full security of both the wheel and frame. This increased stability helps prevent colliding bikes and is safer for pedestrian traffic aisles. This efficient design results in more bikes being parked in less space than “wave type” racks while maintaining the bike in a uniform, sturdy position.

Features

CycleSafe Bike Racks and Corrals are made with durable, maintenance-free coatings, available in a thick polymer rubberized coating or TGIC polyester powdercoat, custom colors upon request. They are designed for uniform bike stability and are built to park more bikes per square foot. CycleSafe products are manufactured in West Michigan with materials from the Great Lakes region.

CycleSafe Bike Lockers Installed in Waterloo, Ontario

Canadian efforts continue to promote active transportation for healthy, sustainable communities by providing CycleSafe Bicycle Lockers. The lockers will allow cyclists to park their bicycles more securely in lockers with high-security locks. The city selected custom colors for the lockers of blue and white to correlate with the way-finding signage with the same color scheme. Read the article in the Waterloo Chronicle: Bike friendly city adds lockers to infrastructure.

ProPark ViewThru Bike LockerDiane Freeman, an active cyclist in the community, is thrilled with the lockers. She said it will fill a need in the community and gives cyclists more options when cycling in the uptown core. “A lot of people are wary about bike theft so this should put to rest some of those concerns and give people more options,” she said.

CycleSafe Vintage Bike Rack Corral a Hit in Redondo Beach

California’s South Bay Bicycle Master Plan covers seven South Bay cities, including Redondo Beach. The city was the first to begin implementing the plan, by installing a “bike corral” using CycleSafe Vintage Bike Racks. These bike corrals provide short-term bicycle parking and are the perfect complement to urban planners’ historic streetscapes or urban enhancements.

Bike Rack Corral in Redondo BeachThe Redondo Beach bike rack corral replaces a “red zone,” where cars were not permitted to park, and adds space for 16 bikes. In its simplest form, a bike corral takes a single car parking space and retrofits it to become parking for 10 or more bikes. Bike corrals free up pedestrian space creating active, livable sidewalks that encourage local businesses. Bike corrals also help eliminate pollution by replacing cars with zero-emission bicycles while promoting healthier lifestyles and sustainable communities.

For an update on the Redondo Beach bike corral, check out this piece from the “Flying Pigeon.”

Cycling Toward Sustainability

Since its founding in 1980 as a response to the energy crisis of the 70s, CycleSafe has led the way towards sustainable communities promoting active transportation. A leader in promoting green business practices and re-thinking urban transportation systems, the company encourages cycling as an alternative or additional mode of transportation. “Bicycling as a form of enhancing communities with active modes of transit has been identified as the top priority worldwide for conserving natural resources,” states company founder, Richard Hartger.

ProPark Bike Locker with Display PanelAs the bicycle locker pioneer, CycleSafe offers the most secure, versatile, and cost-effective lockers on the market. CycleSafe bike lockers provide cyclists with peace of mind knowing their bicycle and gear is safe and weather protected. This assurance, in turn, helps increase the use of cycling as a form of fitness and transportation. For communities, more bicycles mean fewer cars, reducing congestion and improving air quality.

CycleSafe products are engineered and manufactured with materials and finishes that follow ISO 9001 for quality assurance and ISO 14001 for environmental standards. In addition, the company researches environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes and produces all its products in the United States.

Its expanded product line includes decorative bicycle racks and bicycle shelters to meet the demands of active commuters, community cyclists, and community planners. “Our products are designed to achieve the goals of transport and urban planners, satisfy the aesthetic desires of architects and the functional needs of the cyclist and facility planner,” Hartger says.

As the leading manufacturer of bicycle parking products in the industry, CycleSafe will continue to innovate and develop new products that enhance the image of cycling and encourage more users to promote healthy, active communities.

CycleSafe Classic U/2 Bike Racks Installed for World’s Largest Arts Competition

When preparing for ArtPrize 2012, Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan, decided to install approximately 40 more bike racks in its downtown area in order to accommodate the anticipated crowds. “We’ve got to do something quickly or we’ll have bicycles chained (to parking meters, trees, street signs and other things during ArtPrize),” stated Kristopher Larson, Downtown Development Authority Director.

Bike U-Rack with Crossbar at ArtPrizeCycleSafe provided the city with Classic™ U/2 Bike Racks manufactured of heavy-gauge steel pipe and coated with Plastisol rubberized coating for scratch resistance and rust protection. This rack design is the recommended standard by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicyclists Professionals (APBP) and meets government standards for short-term bike parking.

The city selected the Classic U/2 bike rack with a crossbar for the additional security measures against bike theft. The U/2 offers two points to lock a bike, with the crossbar eliminating a lock from being levered to the ground for breakage. The U/2 style rack provides security and stability for the bike, preserving pedestrian access aisles with bikes in a uniform, upright fashion.

The Green Register Highlights CycleSafe for its Sustainable Products and Practices

The Green RegisterCycleSafe is pleased to be recognized by The Green Register under its “Greenovations” category for our dedication to sustainable products and practices as reflected in our Sustainability Statement. The Green Register is a source for the latest in environmental sustainability news, innovative “green” business practices and trends, and useful environmental resources and information.

By providing safe and secure parking options for bicyclists, CycleSafe helps to free up pedestrian space, eliminate pollution by replacing cars with zero-emission bicycles, and promote a healthier lifestyle and more sustainable communities.

A member of the United States Green Building Council, CycleSafe will continually strive to provide a more sustainable world for future generations through innovative products, cleaner manufacturing processes, and advocacy.

City of Detroit offers Secure Bike Lockers

The City of Detroit recently added six new CycleSafe bike lockers in an area between the Science Center, Detroit Institute of Arts and the Scarab Club. According to “Detroit’s new bike lockers” by m-bike.org, an organization that promotes bicycling in Detroit, the secure bike lockers provide peace of mind to cyclists who want to enjoy Detroit’s cultural offerings. The article states that the bike lockers “offer a very secure, comprehensive means of securing your bike, but especially those fancy bikes with expensive, easy-to-remove parts.”

CycleSafe is a Michigan business proud to be a part of bicycling in Detroit.

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grand Rapids, Mich. (November 6, 2011)

Contact: Susan Hartger, V.P. CycleSafe, Inc.
Contact CycleSafe
(888) 950-6531

Progress for Alternative Transportation Continues in New Mexico

New Mexico—Rio Metro Regional Transit has installed CycleSafe Bicycle Lockers at Rail Runner Express stations connecting communities from Santa Fe to Albuquerque/Belen. A collaborative effort between NMDOT and the Mid Regional Council of Governments has included counties, towns, Native American tribes and Pueblos to promote alternative transportation along this 101 mile corridor to become more bicycle friendly.

Bike Locker at Rail TransitAs part of a Federal Travel Demand Management Grant to promote alternative transportation in the workplace, Rio Metro is working with major employers to create incentives and awareness to reduce carbon emissions and the use of single occupant vehicles. More than 30 years ago, CycleSafe earned the first patent for bicycle storage and has installed bicycle lockers in communities worldwide. Rio Metro reviewed many bicycle locker systems and selected CycleSafe for durability, reputation and management assistance. Installing secure bicycle parking at transit stations and workplaces encourages cycling as a mode of transportation promoting healthy, sustainable communities.

For more information contact CycleSafe or visit railrunner.com.

Complete Streets for Bike-Friendly Communities

Michigan Complete Streets CoalitionCycleSafe is partnering their bicycle parking products with communities that have a Complete Streets resolution, Complete Streets ordinance, and/or a bike parking ordinance. Complete Streets policies and bike parking ordinances all serve to provide more livable communities. Complete Streets policies include provisions for accommodation of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists and persons of all ages and abilities.

CycleSafe’s alliance with communities that offer Complete Street ordinances as well as resolutions towards more walkable and bikeable plans fits with their corporate mission to promote cycling in cities, active transportation, and sustainable communities.

A member of the League of Michigan Bicyclists and a partner in the Michigan Complete Streets Coalition, CycleSafe works with planners for transit, education, corporate, government, and healthcare facilities to provide bicycle parking solutions that contribute toward healthy and sustainable communities. CycleSafe products are made in the USA, with materials sourcing in the Great Lakes Region.