Richmond is going to be the first in Canada to have an automated bike storage system when the new Minoru Centre for Active Living opens.
The electronic bike rack has a 34-bike capacity and was purchased earlier this year by the City of Richmond for a “negotiated” cost of $127,500 (the actual value was $225,000).
The system – called SABPS-1 or a “MAZDome” - was selected from a Metro Vancouver-based company called Mazdis.
It will feature additional storage space for accessories and has multi-layer protection from theft and vandalism.
According to the city’s projections, it’s estimated the unit will serve approximately 21,900 bicycles a year over 15 years, which equates to 38 cents per bike.
The city said the purchase of the system includes a two-year warranty with options to extend and a full operating and maintenance manual, with training provided to staff.
A secure bike storage unit, or enclosure, is a zoning requirement for the new Minoru facility, which was slated to open this fall, after a roughly 16-month delay.