The new Grey Street bike rack is also the first Dutch two-tiered rack Wellington City Council has installed for public use. It is similar to one Victoria University of Wellington has adjacent to its School of Architecture and Design.
The new rack, which will provide parking for 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 rack is easy to use, but staff will be on hand from 7am–9am for the first few mornings to help show people how the top deck works.
People will also be able to check out the new rack, and electric vehicle (EV) charger that has recently been installed just across the road, at lunchtime on Thursday 15 November, 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.”
The upper deck of the rack is gas-assisted. To use it, simply pull the red handle out fully, push down firmly, line your bike up and push it on to the rack, use your own lock in the usual way, and then lift and push the rack back into position.