Photo of the Day: Anzac Day Bike Parking

Like many keen souls, I was up fairly early last Monday morning to go and attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Cranmer Square. Knowing that car parking would be a nightmare (I saw people walking in from over a kilometre away), I hopped on my trusty two-wheeled steed and biked in; fortunately the weather wasn’t particularly cool that morning. As I headed towards the public area, I could see that plenty of others had the same idea, with bikes attached to whatever they could find all around the periphery of the square:

Bikes attached to every post and pole all around Cranmer Square
Bikes attached to every post and pole all around Cranmer Square

It’s becoming increasingly common to see quite a lot of people choosing to bike to big public events in Christchurch, for example I saw heaps biking in to the Night Noodle Markets back in February. Unfortunately it’s not very common yet for the organisers of these events to line up some proper bike parking to support this activity. We know that traffic and parking is always a hassle at these things, so why not make it easier to choose an alternative? Perhaps some of the new CCC $40k Transport Innovation Fund could go towards some portable bike stands that can be wheeled out as required?

Have you biked to major events? Was there any “proper” parking for you?

3 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: Anzac Day Bike Parking”

  1. Absolutely, at the night noodle markets a security guard was trying to stop people securing their bikes to a fence, he was fighting a losing battle. At the Great Kiwi Beer Festival early this month I think there were even more bikes.

  2. Something I can smugly say we are doing quite well in Auckland. 🙂
    There was valet bike parking at the ANZAC service in the Domain – only problem was signage. Didn’t realise it was there until after the event!

  3. This is one of those things that’s just frustrating to see. It’s not like these people put their bikes there to be rude or disrespectful. They just have no other option. All you would have to do to fix it is set up some cheap bike racks somewhere and the problem would disappear.

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