Bike lockers set in concrete bricks
As the cycling industry grows, we're seeing a greater range of cycling products and accessories that make for safe and comfortable riding. Daily commuters, hobbyists and hardcore gear-heads alike all have one thing in common: an investment in a valuable means of transportation—where poor care and the threat of theft and vandalism could leave riders literally stranded. Reliance Foundry's R-8285 Plastic Bike Lockers offer the peace-of-mind security that modern riders are looking for.
The new bike culture
For your average bike commuter, accessibility is a major draw. It's frustrating to have to park across massive parking lots or in tucked-away alleys. And chain-link fences, street signs and small trees are poor substitutes for a proper lock-up space.
But what may be even more important to cyclists is security. A new or used bike will cost at least a few hundred dollars, and more serious riders can spend thousands—and that's just for the frame. Safety, comfort and maintenance are also key factors to consider when calculating cost. A proper helmet, lights and reflective gear are all musts for even the most casual rider. Paniers, pumps and tire repair kits are also wise investments. More advanced riders will also consider components such as ergonomic seats, racing slicks, precision derailleurs and more efficient gear ratios. These can add up to big bucks.
Electric bikes are another growing trend—and a costly one. Motors, batteries and light-weight frames are expensive to produce, and riders pay a premium—making security all the more important.
Safe and secure protection
Lockers can be secured with a single padlock
Cycling offers benefits to personal health and the environment, but caring for ourselves and the planet shouldn't come at the expense of our rides.
While traditional bike racks and bike bollards offer excellent means for short-term bike parking, they are often installed in open spaces that risk rust and corrosion from the elements. They can also be found in areas that pose high risks for theft and vandalism, which are still a problem in even the safest communities. A lack of proper bike parking can also lead to cluttered community spaces and unnecessary wear on lampposts, trees and community gardens, often looked to as alternatives for less-than-ideal bike security.
When it comes to meeting the needs of cyclists—and encouraging a more welcoming community—planners, developers and local business owners should look to provide medium- to long-term solutions that will accommodate commuters and day-trippers who need to store their bikes for extended periods of time. More and more, we're seeing bike lockers integrated into community spaces around major transport hubs, such as bus and train stations that support park-and-ride accommodations for daily commuters. Bike lockers are also valuable at shopping centers, college and university campuses and other recreation areas that encourage extended visits.
Practical and reliable
To meet the growing demand, a range of bike-parking products have been developed in recent years. Technology and innovation has led to the development of futuristic bike trees and velo-assisted lifts, but these options are costly and can introduce significant wait times for users—especially in high-traffic areas.
Lockers can be arranged in customized formations
The R-8285 Bike Locker offers a convenient and accessible means for riders to store their bike and other riding accessories. Unlike metal and fiberglass lockers that can require substantial assembly and risk unnecessary wearing at assembly points, the R-8285 comes pre-assembled with minimal parts to ensure a stable and secure unit for years to come. Made from low-density polyethylene plastic, it has natural shock and drop resistance and won't crack under normal stress. It will also resist fading to ensure consistent color for years to come.
The R-8285 has been designed to accommodate a range of spatial configurations. Its wedge shape, when interlocked with other units, form circular and straight-line configurations that will fit a variety of locations, including interior and exterior corners, flat walls and open spaces.
Easy to install and relocate, the R-8285 uses an internal flush-mount system that fastens each unit to new and existing concrete surfaces. This ensures a stable and secure structure protected by a single door-locking mechanism.