PH wrote:NUKe wrote:The question was would you be prepared to pay if the option was available, and if so how much.
Probably a quid or so for an hour, £3 for the day, cheaper if I was a regular user.
For that I would expect it to be completely secure storage for both bike and kit, with the organisers taking responsibility in any failure of that security.
IMO that level of security means somewhere staffed, rather than cages or lockers. I don't know the economies of such enterprises, but I expect they're only viable if combined with something else. I don't expect my cycle storage to be subsidised and I'd like to see the end of subsidised car parking.
I don't know of any subsidised car parking.
I do know of car parking where there is no explicit parking fee but the cost of the products you are buying or the facilities you re using includes an overhead for customer parking. This includes for example some (not all) shopping centres, park and rides, supermarkets. Very useful when I'm transporting elderly or infirm relatives, carrying heavy items etc.
And of course my own driveway!
The only free parking is on a park and ride where there is no parking fee but you do pay for the bus journey - its free if you park the car then unload your bike and pedal to your destination.
There are places where you pay a parking fee and then get to fee refunded, or partially refunded,if you buy products or services from the car park owner.
I do know of many places where there is cycle parking on the same basis as the car parking - in this I count places that provide stands that you can lock your bike to, for example the facilities at the relatively new Longbridge Town Centre (which has a good number of stands in the multi storey car park, away from the cars and near the lifts!), and my local Morrisons supermarket. Longbridge has a 3 hour limit for car parking after which charges are incurred but there is no limit as far as I know for bike parking.