Bicycle Valet Station at American Eagle’s 2-day concert, The New American Music Union, SouthSide Works, Aug 2008
A service that we offer for large events is Valet Bicycle Parking. As any event organizer knows, finding a place to put all the cars is a difficult and expensive task, to say the least. So why not encourage people to ride their bicycles to the event? Not only does it relieve the parking crunch, traffic and associated costs, it lowers pollution and adds a “greening” element to the event.
If a large event is in the City, there is a good chance that many people will be riding their bikes to it. You may not realize it because bikes are usually scattered at less-than-ideal spots around the event. Many of these spaces are not secure, and don’t allow patrons to leave their things with their bike for fear of theft, although patrons with cars have a trunk to put stuff that they don’t want to or cannot bring in. Believe us, your cycling patrons will appreciate it and remember the thought that you gave them. It’s a win-win situation.
How It Works
Bicycle parked at a Bob Dylan concert, South Side Works
Think of it like a coat check, but for bikes. Patrons show up, and we give them a claim ticket for their bike and anything that they want to leave with it. We hang the bikes up on our racks and watch them until the end of the event. Simple enough. All we need from you is a space, preferably near the entrance to the event. I good location is important so that people have an easy time finding us, as well as showcasing your “greening” initiative.
We’ve done this at events such as the Three Rivers Arts Festival, American Eagle Outfitter’s 2-day New American Music Union Concert, The Sprout Fund’s Hothouse Party, REI’s Grand Opening, and Lawrenceville’s Art All Night among others.
Bicycle Valet Station at The Sprout Fund’s Hothouse fundraiser, Downtown Pittsburgh