Bicycle parking at Melbourne’s railway stations

I have previously done some work on car parking at railway stations in Melbourne, including this map. Others have also written extensively on this important topic.

However, parking at stations covers more than just cars, as accessing public transport by bicycle becomes increasingly popular in parts of Melbourne. Bicycles are discouraged on trains during peak times, so commuters in particular need somewhere to store their bike while they are work.

The main promotion for encouraging people to ride their bikes to stations involves the well-established Parkiteer program. A partnership between Metro Trains and Bicycle Network has resulted in 106 cages being built at stations across Melbourne and Victoria. There is also one at Doncaster Park and Ride for bus passengers.

Parkiteer cage, Hoppers Crossing

Accessing these cages means having a swipe card, obtainable with a $50 bond. Each cage has space for 26 bicycles through a combination of ‘Ned Kelly’ bike racks (requiring bikes to be mounted horizontally) and on-ground hoops. Some cages are larger, such as the one pictured above at Hoppers Crossing.

Other cages began with the standard capacity of 26 but have since been expanded to manage rapidly increasing demand. The cage at Williams Landing was upgraded to fit a total of 48 bikes in 2015.

The latest figure from 2015 was that over 9,000 people were registered to use Parkiteer cages. Unfortunately, usage data is not publicly available so it is not possible to know how many of these people are actually using the service.

While Parkiteer gets a lot of publicity and promotion, this is not what the vast majority of bike riders use.

If you ride to the station, you are probably more likely to use a public bicycle hoop to lock your bike. These public hoops are often full to overflowing, which means that many resort to using a nearby pole or fence.

Overflow bicycle parking, Nunawading Station

Why is this so?

According to the latest station access data, 5,139 people used a bicycle to get to and from a station each weekday (1.1% of all entries). Given that this data comes from 2013-14, I would be willing to bet that this figure is now much higher. This would be due to the increases in bicycle usage in Melbourne over the past few years and the expansion of Parkiteer cages across the Victorian rail network.

While we are nowhere near the levels of train-bike interchange seen in countries like the Netherlands, there is still significant demand for people to ride their bicycle to and from stations.

Bicycle parking at Amsterdam Central Station

4 thoughts on “Bicycle parking at Melbourne’s railway stations

  1. Note that Williams Landing Parkiteer is still full by around 10am, with no stops inside or outside the cage.

    1. Fixed, thank you! I was always under the impression that it was a fixed rule, but obviously I was wrong.

  2. Oakleigh station has just started a twelve month rebuild, after which it’ll have a second parkiteer cage. HOWEVER, starting next week or so, all existing bike hoops and bike parking will be removed and it doesn’t look like any bike other bike parking will be provided until after the construction is all complete, sometime September 2020

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