What is a Bike Valet?
It’s much like a car valet service, except for bikes – we take your bike and attach a number, then provide you with the corresponding ticket stub. We rack your bike (and helmet, lights, etc.) and keep it all safe in a secure, monitored area while you enjoy the event. Later, you return and provide your stub, and we give you back your bike. You get to enjoy the show with peace of mind – your bike is safe with us.
Why Offer a Valet?
Because it’s safer, more efficient, and can get more people to your event!
By providing this service, you give people an appealing alternative to fighting congested Austin roadways. This can increase attendance at your event, when people know they won’t have to worry about traffic delays and finding parking to attend.
Bicycle valet parking is a much safer alternative to standard racks where individuals lock up their own bikes, as bikes (and gear) are always being monitored by trusted attendants. Valet is also much more space efficient than standard racks. Individual locks on racks take up more space; if racks become full, then event attendees must seek out other places to lock their bikes – like signposts or trees – causing inconvenient and unsightly clutter, as well as making for a much greater temptation to bicycle thieves.
Providing a valet also encourages more people to bike to your event, when they know their bike and their belongings will be safe – and this makes for a much greener, Earth-friendly event – and that benefits everyone.
Pricing is based on a number of factors, including number of bikes expected, length of the event, location, and time of day. Please contact us at least 30 days in advance to schedule valet services.
We ask that you provide secure barrier fencing for the bike valet area, or we can arrange this for an additional charge. Let us know if you would like us to take care of it.
Why Use Bike Austin?
The Bicycle Valet offers convenient and secure bicycle parking for FREE to cyclists and self-propelled vehicle users at events throughout the spring, summer and fall.
SECURE– don’t worry, we’ll take good care of your ride. If you don’t believe us, ask one of the other thousand or so bicycles we’ve returned to date.
FREE– that’s right, FREE! This service is offered to cyclists free of charge thanks to the help of our amazing sponsors. Don’t forget to thank your local event who hired us!
CONVENIENT– bicycle parking is often at a premium at events- we’ll find space in our Valet. Oh yeah, and would you like to leave your helmet and panniers on your bike? Sounds good to us, just remember to attach everything securely.
FRIENDLY– Our awesome volunteers and staff just want to help you and your bicycle, and maybe have a chat if there’s time!
Austin is a trusted name in cycling – let us help you make your next event more appealing to Austin cyclists, by letting us handle your valet needs. We will also be there to hand out educational materials to make cycling safer for everyone, and we can even provide our expertise to help with basic repairs (like flat tires) to help get your attendees home safely.
We have provided valet services successfully at several events and venues since starting in 2013, including:
- Cinema East
- The Grove
- Fun Fun Fun Fest
A special thanks to Bicycle Sport Shop for providing support for the valet service, and to all those Bike Austin volunteers and staff that have made the valet program a success. We couldn’t do it without you!
For more information, to schedule valet services, or if you would like to volunteer, please fill out our bike valet form.