Lockers can be arranged in a straight line
Bike lockers have become a valuable resource for businesses and community planners in developing more livable communities. As cycling grows more popular, so does the range of proper community-planning resources—and the best way to encourage more ridership is to ensure access to the necessary infrastructure. For businesses and other community members, Reliance Foundry's R-8285 Plastic Bike Locker provides an elegant and versatile bicycle parking solution.
Good for people
An increasing number of people are taking to pedal power in their daily commutes and outdoor leisure activities. In New York alone, more than 200,000 people bike everyday, and since 1990, the number of people commuting by bike has increased by 63 percent in the United States. While this jump is often attributed to the increasing density of major urban centers, this growth has been seen in communities both large and small—which suggests cycling represents more to riders than a convenient means of transportation.
For individual riders, cycling is both affordable and healthy. Health authorities cite the benefits of cycling include increased stamina, weight control, enhanced mood and mental awareness and less risk to serious illnesses that include heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
The benefits of cycling also extend to the environment and the wider community. Bike-riding produces virtually no greenhouse gases and requires much less infrastructure—roads, parking, traffic lights, etc.— to support a strong cycling community. Bikes occupy less space on roads and in parking lots and don't require as much mediation in terms of traffic lights and crosswalks. Studies also show that what's safe for cyclists can be safer for everyone, as cities with higher rates of cycling also have better road safety.
Each locker contains rear ventilation
Building better communities
A healthy cycling community can increase local economies and revitalize neighborhoods. An increase in bike traffic has been linked with more repeat visits to local stores and other commercial areas. The spill-over effects from a growing bike industry also support jobs and generate tax revenues that can be directed back into other development projects.
Businesses and other local planners can shape outdoor spaces and help develop its culture. For those looking to bring the benefits of a vibrant cycling community to their area, the best way to attract riders is to invest in infrastructure. Luckily, dollar for dollar, investments in bike infrastructure goes much further than investment in supporting motor vehicles.
While safe roads and proper signage are valuable to cyclists, proper storage and parking will always be an essential requirement for riders, who may invest heavily in their bikes and other accessories. For complete bike security, quality bike lockers offer the peace of mind that riders are looking for—especially during longer-term parking at major transportation hubs and shopping centers.
While bike racks have been the traditional solution for businesses and community planners, these options leave bikes open to rust and corrosion from weather—not to mention the risk of theft or vandalism. It's estimated that 1.5 million bicycles are stolen every year in the United States and 100,000 in Canada—although, as many thefts go unreported, actual numbers are likely much higher. Each stolen bike can leave its rider stranded and strapped for cash.
Wedge-shaped design accommodates a variety of spaces
Versatile bike storage and parking
Businesses and planners play a vital role in providing proper bicycle infrastructure in their communities. Reliance Foundry's R-8285 Plastic Bike Locker offers a visible means of protection that will encourage frequent bike use and increase traffic. The commercial locker comes pre-assembled in a wedge-configuration to ensure versatile arrangements that suit any architectural and landscape design. Each unit can be combined to form a range of circular and straight-line shapes to accommodate interior and exterior corners, straight walls and open spaces.
The R-8285 features low-density polyethylene construction that is easy to clean and will resist fading. Its solid construction and internal mounting system also provide excellent impact resistance.
For users, each locker is spacious enough to accommodate a standard-sized bike and most electric bikes and scooters—which, due to their high value and light weight are prime targets for theft.
While a range of bike-parking options are becoming more available, bicycle lockers have proven a cost-effective means to supporting vibrant, livable communities across North America.