You may be familiar with the style of bike locker that is used across the Wellington rail system.
They are double ended, with a plywood divider diagonally across each block, hence what looks like 6 lockers can actually store 12 bikes. You can apply to hire one on a long term basis and here is the info of how to do it.
But what might surprise you is how very few there actually are. Most stations don’t have any. There might be another style of bike racks, but you’d be pretty brave to lock up any nice bicycles for a whole day on one of the mushroom style racks.
Here’s a list of how many bike lockers there are in Wellington at each train station by line:
Crofton Downs – zero
Ngaio – zero
Awarua Street – zero
Simla Crescent – zero
Box Hill – zero
Total Johnsonville Line — zero
Takapu Road- zero
Plimmerton – 4
Pukerua Bay- zero
Paekakariki – 4
Total Kapiti Line – 36
Otaki – 4
Levin – zero
Shannon – zero
Palmerston North – zero
Total Capital Connection (beyond Paraparaumu) – 4
Western Hutt- zero
Melling – 4
Manor Park- zero
Trentham – 4
Wallaceville – 4
Upper Hutt – 26
Total Melling and Hutt Valley Line – 68
Renall Street- zero
Total Wairarapa Line (beyond Upper Hutt) – zero
And Wellington Station has 12.
That is a total of 120 bicycle lockers across the whole of the Wellington Region. Or there is 1 bicycle locker for every 3330 people. That’s not very many especially since for many years people (and councils) have been talking about integrated transport policies, and you think the words may have translated into some kind of action. How many years have transport planners been talking about the last mile problem?
There is a particular shortage of them at Wellington Station, where perhaps they would be the most useful to add them. A lot of people would love to keep a bike at the station, especially since there isn’t any bike share in Wellington.
There’s plenty of car parks around the station that could be given over to bike lockers or if that’s a bridge too far then there’s plenty of room on the Cake Tin concourse to have many bike lockers installed. There’s probably demand for a couple hundred lockers. 12 is definitely way too few.
Taking myself as an example I’d keep a bike (and helmet) in town and like many others I’d pay for the privilege to do so. Presently sometimes I bring my bike on the train (but it’s a hassle). Sometimes I bring my foldable kick scooter (but it’s a hassle too). Sometimes I walk on from the station (but it’s too slow), sometimes I’ll get on a bus (and that’s even slower), and sometimes I drive into town (and add to the congestion). But having a bike in town means my preferred way of getting to work would be by train and then I’d ride my bike onwards along the waterfront or down Featherston St.
And just about every station in the region would have the demand for a few more than they’ve already got.
It’s probably time for the GWRC to add many more bike lockers across the network. Really Porirua only has 4 !!!!
Post a comment if there is a station you’d use a locker at.