Cycle commuters: you know you’ve really arrived when there isn’t anywhere to park your bike. And nowhere more so than at the Downtown Ferry Terminal! Which is why Auckland Transport has chosen that spot to try out some new bike racks and get your feedback on what works best.

The bike rack trial runs all next week, May 4-8th and will feature five different styles (see photos below) so you can truly compare what works for you and your bike.

There’ll be AT staff on site 7am – 9am, Monday to Friday, to help out during the morning rush and explain any unfamiliar equipment (can’t wait to see how that double-decker rack works!). They’re also there to record your thoughts about the different styles…  as well as where else around the city you’d like to see bike parking.

Not to worry if you miss the morning rush – or you’re in a rush – there’s a handy online survey form.

NB you don’t have to be a regular ferry commuter to vote for which new bike rack has the X-factor, but it’s crucial to actually see them and try them. So if you’re downtown, swing by, have a go, and let AT know what you think.

And, if you have general thoughts about bike-parking around town, by all means share them in the comments below. Knowledge is power, and a bike rack where you need it, when you need it, is a powerful thing!

Downtown Bike Parking Trial

Days: 4 to 8 May 2015

Time: 7am to 9am

Where: Downtown Ferry Terminal, East Side

From 4 to 8 May 2015, Auckland Transport will be conducting a public evaluation of the different types of bike parking, several of which are new to Auckland. The new bike parking will be on display at the Downtown Ferry Terminal on the East side of the building alongside where the Airport Bus stands and taxi ranks are currently located:



Auckland Transport staff will be on site between 7am to 9am every day from 4th to 8th of May to explain the different types of bike racks and any feedback you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

If you wish to try the bike racks and provide some feedback outside of these hours, please feel free to complete our online survey.

This feedback will be used to inform our bike parking facilities programme throughout the city.

We will be asking for your feedback on the following types of bike racks:

1. Double Stacking Rack


2. High Density Rack

High density rack

3. Sheffield Rack (with protective sleeve)

Sheffield rack with a sleeve

4. Harrogate Rack 

Harrogate rack

5. Bike Tree 

Bike tree rack

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9 responses to “Auckland’s Next Top Bike Rack: Visit and Vote!

  1. I much prefer the Sheffield (basic staple) over the Harrogate. The Harrogate is too narrow to hold the bike and is difficult to use with 2 bikes.

    1. +1

      With a Harrogate my bike invariably falls over just as I’ve finished chaining it up.

  2. I like the Sheffield too…harrogate is probably my next preference. Other varieties often assume you have a certain shape bike — usually work well if you do, but if you don;t they can be very awkward.

  3. The online survey link doesn’t work for me. Anyone else have issues? For what it’s worth, out of these options, the Sheffield is the clear winner when installed correctly. See the installation of Harrogate racks outside the Westgate Cinemas for the worst installation ever – installed with around 200mm gap between each one.

  4. As if to illustrate all your comments about the hated Harrogate… this, spotted today in the wild. (In Wynyard Quarter)

  5. I will fill out the survey but here are my thoughts (before trying them).
    Type 1: Double Stacking Rack is used at a lot of UK train stations. The top level is easy to use, just pull it out, load/lock bike, push back in. Efficient use of space.

    Type 2: Wheelbender. Horrible! Apart from the strain on the wheel as the bike tries to lean over (hence the name), I always find handlebars clash. They may be high density, but prefer Type 1.

    Type 3: Sheffield Rack. The most common I’ve seen. They are ok. Can’t complain, especially when plastic or foam coated to protect bike frames. Not the most efficient use of space in a City centre though.

    Type 4: Harrogate. Never used. Sounds horrible.

    Type 5: Tree. Never used. Ok concept but terrible use of space compared to type 1.

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