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Oslo’s biggest parking facility replaces car parking with bicycle parking

Sentrum parking facility is Oslo’s biggest indoor parking garage. Landowner Onepark who runs the facility, is now replacing parking lots with smart bike lockers.

Oslo’s biggest parking facility replaces car parking with bicycle parking
– We are starting out with 12 smart bike lockers. If this is a popular service we will expand both at Sentrum Parking Garage and to our other facilities, says Marketing and Sustainability Manager in Onepark - Mona Elisabeth Gladhus.  

The smart bike lockers by Bikely, provides shelter for the bicycle, helmet, outerwear, backpack and other things the cyclists need to leave behind. Cyclists working in Oslo City Center can either rent a private locker on a monthly basis or use it as a drop-in service.

– Bikely provides secure bicycle parking. Bike theft is a severe issue and many are afraid of parking expensive bicycles on an open street. Our boxes protect the bicycle from thieves and make everyday life for the cyclist easier, explains Marketing Manager Ellen Loxley.

In 2020 the police registered about 6630 public bike thefts which gives an average of 18 stolen bicycles each day from public streets, bicycle hotels and locked rooms. This problem is rapidly increasing. Police reports on bike theft increased by 50 percent from 2019 to 2020.

- Bikely is a Norwegian company established in Trondheim in 2017 and has 6 employees.

- The Bikely lockers are already placed at several public transport hubs and at multiple shopping malls in Trondheim, Oslo and Bergen. The company is receiving inquiries from potential customers every day.

The Cyclist Union was also participating in the launch.
The service was first launched in Oslo this autumn, and this is the first time cyclists in Oslo can rent private bike lockers on a monthly basis.
– This is an important deal for Bikely. Oslo is the bicycle and climate capital in Norway, and is a market with high potential. Onepark has central parking facilities throughout the city, and is therefore a formidable partner for us. We hope and believe the pilot will prove successful and are preparing for phenomenal growth, says Ellen Loxley from Bikely.

For Onepark, this is a part of a greater vision in a sustainable transformation. Earlier this year, the company entered a collaboration with Tesla which has 18 fast charging stations in the parking garage. And Onepark is already familiar with bicycle parking. They are renting out an entire room to a public actor nearby.

– The option of renting a private locker brings a new aspect to bicycle parking. Not just an ordinary bike rack, but a bike locker, where you can leave your belongings. The city council has a clear goal of reducing car traffic in Oslo City center and we as a parking operator should contribute by facilitating secure bicycle parking. We are excited to see how this will be received, says Gladhus.



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