Big Street Bikers was founded three years ago with the aim of making e-bikes a mainstream mode of transport. The team quickly realised a lack of secure city parking was a barrier for many people thinking of investing in an e-bike.
They imported existing technology from overseas to create Locky Docks which provide cyclists with secure e-bike storage and charging for free. A successful pilot scheme in 2019 helped raise funding to support a nationwide rollout. That started in Christchurch in June 2020 with the installation of 10 Locky Docks that can be used by up to 100 bikes at a time.
In the first few weeks of operation Locky Docks’ stations clocked up more than 240,000 minutes of bike parking. Big Street Bikers says a commuter who switches to cycling can save up to one tonne of carbon emissions per year.
The bike stations include a network of digital screens promoting safe bike routes that get more than 200,000 weekly views.