Denver drivers have been using cell phones to pay for parking since last year, reports Google Business Wire, and now the service is being offered to bike riders, allowing them to simply call a locker with their cell phone to open it and park their bike, and call again when they need to retrieve it.
As cyclists arrive downtown they'll be greeted by "innovative bicycle lockers," providing a safe and secure end-of-trip bicycle parking for bicycle commuters.
In the spirit of innovation, two local companies CLANCY SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, INC. (OTCBB: CLSI) and AMPCO SYSTEM PARKING have partnered with CYCLE-SAFE, INC. of Grand Rapids, MI, to install the first open-to-the-public bicycle locker system on a commercial parking lot.
Here is how it works: Motorists have been using Park-by-Phone and their cell phones to pay for parking at AMPCO lots in Denver since 2004.
Now, cyclists can use Park-By-Phone to reserve an individual totally enclosed bicycle locker.
Locker access is initiated through cell phone to the Park-By-Phone system, which will provide the combination to reserve and open a locker door.
When cyclists return, they simply call the Park-By-Phone number to repeat the process, open the door and remove their bike.
The Clancy Park-By-Phone system is the solution we've long been looking for," said Richard Hartger, President of Cycle-Safe Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"I am excited about offering what we consider the ultimate high performance storage enclosure for bikes, offering maximum management control and maximum service levels 24/7," said Stan Wolfson, President of Clancy Systems of Denver.
While it is newly operational at UCLA campus, Los Angeles Metro and at Bay Area Rapid Transit sites, we are excited to be the first time bicycle locker system with Park-By-Phone capability available in a private parking lot," said John Conway, AMPCO's branch manager for metro Denver.
Demonstrations of the new parking technologies will be held from 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2005, at the AMPCO lot on the corner of 18th and Broadway across from the Brown Palace Hotel.
A press conference will be held at 1:30 PM.
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