Secure Bike Lockers Contribute to Baltimore’s “Smart Growth” Initiatives

When Governor Parris Glendening set out to double the Baltimore region’s transit ridership by 2020, the Mass Transit Administration developed a Baltimore Region Rail System Plan in order to realize that goal. The plan called for 63 miles of new rail lines and 70 new stations, more than doubling the region’s rail system to 106 miles and 125 stations over the next 20 to 40 years.

As part of the “smart growth” initiatives begun by Governor Glendening, 250 CycleSafe secure bike lockers were purchased and installed throughout the city including at seven Baltimore Metro Stations, four light rail stations, and 10 MARC stations. Manufactured using corrosion resistant, high-strength, molded materials that provide the engineering properties of structural steel and equipped with patented, high-security locks, CycleSafe bike lockers provide protection from theft, vandalism, and inclement weather. This gives peace of mind to cyclists and administrators alike.

“The addition of secure bike parking always helps to encourage the use of alternative transportation, and the Baltimore area is no exception,” said Richard Hartger, CycleSafe President. “Studies have concluded that the area from which a station draws its riders may increase by about 15 times its current amount if secure bike parking is available.”

CycleSafe earned the first patent for secure bicycle parking and installed its first secure bike lockers in 1980 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they continue to contribute to healthy lifestyles.