Another guest post from my wife, Maggie – this time about her SURVEY about the NEED for END OF BIKE RIDE FACILITIES in the VANCOUVER area.
“I have blogged often about the difficulties of being a female cycle commuter. I commute approximately 13 km each way and rain or shine, I always arrive at my bike locker looking like I just finished the Tour de France in scorching temperatures!
Before beginning my cycle commuting I had trouble finding affordable, secure and clean facilities in the downtown core of Vancouver. I needed to find an enclosed and secure bike locker, shower facilities, an overnight locker where I could leave my shower supplies, toiletries and clothing, and a day locker where my bike clothing could dry. My boss would have been less than delighted if had I turned my office into a change room/laundry drying facility!
Also, I need to keep my fairly expensive, and much-beloved bike safe – and it should NOT have be as hard as in the picture below!
I’m sure that I am not the only one who has these challenges and I wondered if more people would be empowered to bicycle full or part time if such facilities were available. Joe and I have joined a group determined to improve bicycle infrastructure in our city by providing End of Bike Ride facilities.
To help us determine what services are important to you and what locations would serve you best, please answer the short survey I’ve created.
Your input could help us put together some really useful solutions. Thank you all for your participation. We’ll keep you posted about our progress.”
Maggie (Mrs. Average Joe Cyclist!)