Richard Z's picture

Downtown Bike Parking Problems and Opportunities?

Bike Calgary regularly receives inquiries from cyclists who are looking for secure bike parking downtown because their own building either doesn't have any or it's full. What's it like in your building?  Waitlists? 

Our page on bike parking

is a bit meagre right now.  Can you add to it or correct the information on it?  Do you have any leads?




KimKelln's picture

Centennial Parkade lot

The Calgary Parking Authority Centennial Parkade bike lockup is heated and indoor, but it only holds 15 bikes. They've just oversold it by one unit as well. Openings are rare - I waited two years before I got one. They don't have a waiting list either. You just have to keep popping into their office in the Centennial Parkade and ask. Sometimes you get lucky. The City Centre parkade on 10th (the backside of the Gulf Canada Square parkade) is secure but not heated.

Sean007's picture

Downtown parking

BP tower is free, but only open to buiding residence. Underground cage hold ~60, so get there early on fair weather days. It's packed in the summer; my new bike is all scratched up 'cause the hangers slide so people can realy wedge thier bikes in. I would pay for a secure reserved spot.

goforstars's picture

it is an opportunity

For commerical building owners, since one can have a caged locked area tied to one's security card and fit more bikes than cars.  However the fee if charged, should be reasonable. ie. under $50.00 per year per cyclist. 

When I worked and cycled into downtown Toronto (in 1990's, from the suburbs), there were similar problems of bike parking for some bike commuters.  I took the risk of parking and locking up my bike outside one of the office towers....for 3 yrs. Believe me, I was very lucky and cycling daily spring, summer and fall!  For another employer, I couldn't even lock up my bike in an open underground garage for one of the courthouses in Toronto. So I left my bike with the parked cars. Fortunately there was real security (for the judges).  Their concern was my bike falling accidentally against a judge's car and scratching it.....which never happened.

I have worked for several employers in Vancouver and Toronto where as an employee with a security card I could lock up my bike for free in caged, locked bike area. 

Hopefully Calgary employers would be moving to promoting employee offering bike parking as of the perks.

Julie Gregg's picture

Eighth Avenue Place

My office is located in the new EAP, I pay $100 per year to park my bike and am happy to do so. The bike parking area has a separate entrance, is secure and along with bike parking I get a locker and shower area.

themacneils's picture

Sun Life Plaza

Sun Life Plaza (4 Ave & 1 St SW) has bike parking in the underground parkade, however it is only available for tenants.  There is no fee, and there are 5-6 bike racks (not behind a cage or anything) which are fairly empty in the winter but pretty jammed in the summer.  Access is off 3 Ave SW, where there is a secure ped/cyclist entrance into the parkade.  One small but thoughtful addition the landlord added in the past year is that the door automatically opens up when you scan your card.

There are free showers and lockers, which are used no where near as much as the bike racks - I suspect larger tenants have their own shower facilities in house.

RichieRich's picture

Bike parking survey (downtown)

Posting for a friend:

This is basically an exercise for business planning for an MBA class, looking for business opportunities. The results will be worked up to see if there is a viable business opportunity in bike parking for downtown. The survey only takes about 1 minute to complete and your feedback is greatly appreciated.  The friend is aware of BikeCalgary and in particular this "Bike Parking" general forum, however in order to make overall statistical analysis and sample reasonable the survey format was requested.

Other comments, recommendations, and such on this forum are also appreciated.

RichieRich's picture

survey says...

I'll try to get the results of this survey once it's complete... would be nice to get some feedback.

hopefully you don't mind taking a few moments to complete it.


TheAubster's picture

Bike Survey Results

See the results of the bike survey below, if you know anyone who would be able to offer more input please send the link from before on to them. There were 29 responses at the time of this posting. The biggest challenge so far seems to be the price that seems reasonable to pay for secure parking versus what it would cost to, for example, rent a car space and put a locker in it do not come close to each other. Responses welcome. Cheers!


Edit for formatting, the last one wasn't supposed to be

Let's see if this is better to read:

1. Approximately how many days per year do you ride a bicycle to work?

0-10         3.4%    1
11-25         0.0%    0
26-40         3.4%    1
41-52         6.9%    2
52+         86.2%    25

2. Approximately how many months of the year do you ride to work at least ONCE?
1-3         6.9%    2
4-5         3.4%    1
6-8         17.2%    5
9-12         72.4%    21

3. What is the availability of secure bicycle parking at your place of work?
None Available                     3.4%    1
Limited Street Parking Only             17.2%    5
Limited Indoor Parking - With a Wait list    48.3%    14
Unlimited Indoor Parking             37.9%    11

4. When you're not riding to work, what other transportation do you use?

Walk                         24.1%    7
Public Transport (Bus and/or LRT)         79.3%    23
Car                         34.5%    10

5. For a bicycle parking service, would you rather pay:
Daily         13.8%    4
Monthly         65.5%    19
Yearly         34.5%    10

6. Assuming you don't already have parking, if you were to pay for secure, indoor bicycle parking in downtown Calgary, what is the highest would you be willing to pay (on a monthly basis)?
Nothing         0.0%    0
$10-$30         69.0%    20
$31-$60         27.6%    8
$61-$90         10.3%    3
$91-$110    3.4%    1
$111+         3.4%    1

7. Knowing that LRT fare is $5.50 per day outside of Downtown Core, are you willing to pay this for a single day use of a secure bicycle parkade?
Yes         27.6%    8
No         72.4%    21

8. What is your approximate age?

20-30         13.0%    3
31-40         47.8%    11
41-50         26.1%    6
50+         13.0%    3

9. What is your gender?

Male                 78.3%    18
Female                 21.7%    5
Prefer Not to Answer         0.0%    0

10. What would you like to see in terms of improvements for bicycle parking availability in Downtown Calgary?

Responses omitted due to length.



wahsabi's picture

Paliser South Fee Increase

I just foudn out today that the yearly fee for the Palliser South bike cage went up from $100 to $160. Does anybody else think that is getting steep? I know they added another cage since last year, but looking over this thread, the new fee seems high. Can anybody else comment on their facility's 2013 fees?

Charlie's picture

Mine hasn't changed

It's $65/year and has been flat for several years. It does not include showers and is just for access to regular racks, not a secured cage. But at least it's indoors. Of course, If you factor in a membership at the nearby gym for shower access it's very expensive (the curse of an old building).

RichieRich's picture

Parking Fee

I just paid $100 this past September for a full-year of inside covered secured bike cage parking, and this is in a new building.  I think $160 is well well above average for Calgary and would question what else it might include?  I would certainly encourage active discussion/disagreement with your building manager over the fee.  Last thing we want is this spreading to other buildings!!

gyrospanner's picture

There oughtta' be a law!

Or something by City Council that caps fees or sets fees.  I'm not relally a supporter of gov't interference, but I think that when it comes to something as green, healthy, and traffic congestion reducing as commuting, the last thing that needs to be put in place is something that deters somebody from commuting.


My fees are $85 per year for secured cage, but is up for renewal soon, I hope that the building mgmt doesn't get greedy....