Ok planning a holiday in a few weeks which will involve no luggage. So to save on taxi fares was thinking about riding to the airport & parking my bike.
Have contacted the airport to see if they have any such facility as nothing on their website?
Yes don't fancy chaining up the bike outside for 5 days. Yes you can park your car but not your bike?
Should we pressure the airport to provide such a facility? What would be the demand from cyclists? Guess most cycling travellers would have luggage which riding wouldn't be suitable but surely there is more like me out there?
"... recently i visited my cousin in Holland and he had a bike locked up at the train station in EVERY city he visits (10 or more)...."
Well, that sounds pretty luxurious to me - the sort of thing only a very few people could contemplate, not just b/c of the personal $ cost, but due to the immense amnt of space required.. ! Maybe this Hollander is paying for this immense convenience, tho I doubt it, somehow ...he's just making it that much harder for another cyclist to find a vacant parking rail... // FWIW There are a few bikes at Adelaide Station that look suspiciously like they fit this syndrome ...As I don't want to park at the Station myself,I don't know whether they make it hard for other more "bona fide" bike parkers to get a space..
Actually its very cost effective, every bike cost less than a Taxi Fare so the savings in dollars and the enviro where great plus they where all black framed clunkers so theft was low becasue they all looked the same.
Some bikes where position only a couple of stations away (eg Adel to Elizabeth) and others where in different cities 50 to 100km away.
Do the maths yourself... whats the cost of driving to Melb, say $200 + Taxis or parking. his cost was a Yearly Train ticket and a $30 clunker which he said most people just fix up a bike they found in the shed or in a dike.
In this discussion, there seems to be a thread that the Airport should provide "long stay" bike parking, probably for free - I doubt that anyone would be willing to pay, or at least pay what it would cost to provide such a facility, given that there are very few people who would use it, and therefore the "efficiency" of the investment would be very low (IMO). Still, they are in business to make money, and should provide for their customers on a "user pays" basis ( as they do with car parks) IF there is a demand, and a customer base prepared to pay whatever that cost happens to be - of course, a fraction of the cost of "plain" open air car parking, but not if the bike rack has to be weather proof and ( prolly) "secure" : providing supervision of such a facility would entail unwelcome obligations of liability on the part of the provider, and would be very expensive <sigh>.
Today I received the following response from management. It appears a good time for other cyclists to write now in support. Will you?
The issue of secure bike storage at Adelaide Airport has not been raised in the past as far as I’m aware. However, I agree with you it’s a service we should consider providing.
With the upcoming opening of the new car park facility at the airport we are currently reviewing our baggage storage options for customers. I will include the suggestion to consider bicycle storage as part of the review and put forward the idea to our facilitations management group for investigation.
We do aim to ensure we offer the best possible service to our customers and I would see this option as an improvement to our existing facilities. At this stage I am not in a position to say whether bike storage facilities will be provided or not. However, I can assure you I will raise the idea with our management team.
I had also written to them... (forgot what I wrote). Anyway, here is the reply from the Terminals Operation Manager...
Thankyou for taking the trouble to contact us regarding the storage of bikes at the airport.
To be honest it wasn’t something I had considered however I agree it’s a sensible suggestion. With the upcoming opening of the new car park facility at the airport we are currently reviewing our baggage storage options for customers, I will include the suggestion to consider bicycle storage as part of the review and put forward the idea to our facilitations management group for investigation.
We do aim to ensure we offer the best possible service to our customers and I would see this option as an improvement to our existing facilities. I can’t make any promises however I assure you your suggestion will have my support.
Hi Chris how may bikes do you have? You may leave your bikes at my place and I am 3 kms for the airport . You already have my mobile number my friend . Just tingle if you need a hand
Kathryn, cheers but this is a very old post that has been revisted! Rode to the airport May last year, & also in January 2012. However, I will keep your 'bikeparking' in mind for my next adventure! Thanks