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Cyclists Turn to Smartphones to Find Secure Place to Store Bikes

Cyclists Turn to Smartphones to Find Secure Place to Store Bikes

Municipalities, college campuses and corporate campuses that want to add bike lockers to give visitors a secure place to park their bicycle have faced a…

Tuesday, Apr 12

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Municipalities, college campuses and corporate campuses that want to add bike lockers to give visitors a secure place to park their bicycle have faced a significant hurdle — having someone on hand to manage the keys.

Offering bike lockers meant having a person nearby to give out the keys to the lockers, collect the rental fee, if there was one, and later take back the keys — assuming the riders hadn’t lost the keys.

Cyclists faced some pain points too. They had to find a locker, see whether it was already being used and then get, keep and return a key.

“A lot of places want to use bike lockers — it’s the highest security solution that you can have for on-site bicycle parking — but then it becomes a matter of, ‘Who’s going to administer all of this? Do you have to have someone walking around with a ring full of keys? Do you have to have someone at a booth somewhere?’” Jeremy Hixson , marketing director at Dura Bike Locker , told PYMNTS.

Offering a Digital Solution

Dura Bike Locker now offers a digital solution to replace this analog process: an app that enables riders to find, rent and open lockers with their smartphone.

With the DX Bluetooth Bike Locker , riders download the app, enter their name and phone number and, if there’s a rental fee, pay with a credit card through the app.“A lot of it comes down to riders being able to know what parking is available, that […]

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