BART is giving away $5.00 value BART tickets to the first 100 people who buy a BikeLink smartcard or add another $20.00 in value to their existing BikeLink cards, in a campaign to promote its new electronic bike locker system.
The promotional campaign was announced at a press conference Wednesday.
"BART riders now have the opportunity to park their bicycles in our new BikeLink lockers for just three cents per hour," BART Board Member Lynette Sweet said. "Not only are BikeLink lockers secure, they are more efficient because unlike old-fashioned key lockers, which provide one key for one renter, a single BikeLink locker can be rented by as many as five cyclists in one week."
"The BikeLink system is our latest effort to be more bike-friendly," BART Board Member Tom Radulovich said. "We abolished the bike permit requirement, modified car interiors, installed bike racks and added secured lockers—all part of our overall strategy to improve bike access to BART."
On January 24, 2008, the BART Board of Directors approved a multi-phased plan to install 900 BikeLink electronic lockers over a four-year period. So far, BART installed 202 electronic lockers at eight stations this year.
BIKELINK PROMOTION PARAMETERS
The stations with BikeLink lockers and number of lockers available are: Ashby, 12 lockers; Dublin/Pleasanton, 12 lockers; Lake Merritt, 32 lockers; MacArthur, 40 lockers; North Berkeley, 48 lockers; Rockridge, 32 lockers; San Leandro, 20 lockers; West Oakland, 6 lockers.
BIKELINK FUNDED BY LOCAL ENTITIES
Electronic lockers at BART stations were made possible by grants from the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority’s Measure B Bicycle/Pedestrian Fund, Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (through the cities of Berkeley, San Leandro and Dublin), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Safe Routes to Transit Program.