What the heck is a bicycle valet?
A bicycle valet is a volunteer-run service at events where attendees can park their bike in a secured area for free! A valet volunteer will always be present to check in/out your bike so you don’t have to worry about securing your bike while you’re enjoying the event.
Why use a bike valet or host one?
The service encourages attendees to ride their bicycles to the event.
The benefits to users are a happier, healthier commute and not having to worry about securing your bike.
For event organizers it helps create a “greener” event since it encourages alternative transportation and reduces problems with traffic congestion and vehicle parking which can interfere with event logistics and cause safety problems. Contact us to host a valet!
How it works
The bike valet works similar to a coat-check:
Bring your bike to the valet. You will be given a card and a copy will be placed on your bike. BE SURE NOT TO LOSE THIS CARD! You will need this to pick up your bike.
Your bike will be parked in a enclosed, highly-visible, volunteer-manned area. A volunteer will always be next to the bike area during the event to ensure your bike is secure.
When it’s time to go home, bring your card and a volunteer will give you your bike!
As the valet relies on volunteers, it is important to have a fixed closing time. All users will be asked to pick their bike up by a set time, determined with the event organizers.
What happens if I lose my card?
We rarely have problems and don’t expect you to lose your card. Treat it like cash, a driver’s license or another important document.
How much is it?
It’s completely free for people to leave their bikes at the bike valet.
If you are an event organizer and would like to host one, we will set up and take down the valet at no charge. You have two options for manning the valet.
Option 1: Your event provides the valet volunteers. We recommend at least two volunteers over the course of a shift. This way one can relieve the other at various times. We will train your volunteers how to run it.
Option 2: We run the valet. We charge a hourly rate to operate.
Can I park my child’s chariot or trailer?
Yes! You can also leave your helmet and other cycling accessories by your bike.
What happens if I forget to pick up my bike?
By using the service you agree that we are not responsible for any bikes or associated equipment left after the valet closes. Leftover bikes will be left with the event organizers. Then it would be up to you to contact the event organizer to retrieve your bike.
Are there other bike valets?
We are certainly not the first group to organize a bike valet. Bicycle valets have been implemented in many areas of the world including the very successful Bicycle Valet in Vancouver, BC run by BEST.