Bike Valet has got to be the best way to park your bicycle. The South Florida Bike Coalition supports and promotes bike valet services and the clubs, groups and events that make bike valet possible. So, what is bike valet?
Bike Valet works just like any premium valet parking services. You drive up your vehicle to exactly where you want to go and a friendly attendant whisks it away and parks it in a safe spot, leaving you with a valet check ticket so that you can pick it up when you are ready to leave. In South Miami, the Green Mobility Network has been offering premium bike valet service and volunteer opportunities for years. They have trained volunteers, signs and specially designed racks that can accommodate bikes for almost any size event. At the Annual Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Green Mobility and Fairchild are making it even sweeter to get there by bicycle. Ride up and valet your bike and you’ll receive $5 off admission for adults and $2 off for children, July 10-11 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Naturally, we love bicycle valet but we’re not the only ones. Cities across the country provide free bike valet services at events to reduce pollution and encourage sustainable transportation. Bike Valet is particularly common on the west coast, where the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is celebrated for making the the Giants the first Major League Baseball Team to offer free, convenient, attended bicycle parking service at all 81 of their home games. (Learn more and watch at streetfilms video about it here.) The Washington Nationals is just one other team to follow suit and the new Miami Marlins Stadium promises to have bike valet and specially designated multi-use trails to give bicyclists priority entry into the park.
If you know an event that needs bicycle valet service, the South Florida Bike Coalition wants to help you make sure it happens! It can be a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause –we are honored when volunteers choose to donate tips to SFBC– Bike Valet not only makes bicycling more appealing for people who already bicycle, it provides a great opportunity to promote and celebrate bicycling to a wider audience.
SFBC has partnered with the South Florida Bike Expo to bring bicycle valet to the event. We need LOTS of volunteers, friends and collaborating groups to make this a success. Let us know if your club, your kids, your place of worship or just you can commit to provide better bicycling services at this July 17-18 event. Sign up here!