Sound Transit offers half-price access to Beacon Hill and Angle Lake bike cages

The Beacon Hill bike cage shortly before it opened for business.

Sound Transit is offering a sweet deal on membership to two of its stations’ secure bike cages: Six months free if you sign up for a year.

The catch is that you have to sign up by the end of May to get the deal.

Secure bike cages are an alternative to the fairly ugly and inefficient bike lockers available at many major transit stations across the region.

The problem is that signing up for bike cage access is a huge hassle. You have to write a check for the reduced $25 price (a check is like a paper Venmo), print (yes, like, on paper), fill out (using an actual hand-held pen) and mail (good luck finding an envelope and stamp) the sign-up form (PDF).

After processing your paperwork and exchanging your check for counting stones (or however checks work), Sound Transit will send you an access code for the cage.

The good news about all this is that once you have a code, you can be pretty sure no thief is going to go through all this trouble just to steal your bike. And if they do, Sound Transit would know who they are because everyone gets a unique code.

More details on the deal from Sound Transit:

How about six months of free secured bike parking at the Beacon Hill and Angle Lake bike cages? Sign up before the end of May for a year of bike cage use at both stations and get six months for free!

May is a great time to try riding your bike to the train and as part of our celebration of Bike Everywhere Month, we’re making it even less expensive to have a covered, secured spot to leave your bike at these two stations.

Here’s how the limited-time promotion works:

Imagine the freedom when you know your bike is stowed at a Link light rail station bike cage! Turn that last mile or two into the best part of your commute!

Here’s more information about combining bikes and transit to take you farther.

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7 Responses to Sound Transit offers half-price access to Beacon Hill and Angle Lake bike cages

  1. Psf says:

    So frustrating.
    Beacon Hill is always empty.
    They could have a completely full cage at uw station. The uw remains completely car focused.
    ST could do the same at Westlake – just put a cage in the vast, empty mezzanine.
    Instead they chose the top of a large Hill to show that no one wants to ride bikes.
    Cars parking free, bikes must pay.

  2. Bruce Nourish says:

    Uh Sound Transit, I have a better idea: how about bringing your signup process out of the stone ages? I bet a majority of people under 40 don’t even have check book.

    Or if that’s too hard, how about you stop intalling awful coathanger bike racks at your stations?

    Our local transit agencies are f***ing hopeless sometimes

  3. Al Dimond says:

    Venmo? Like, what even is a Venmo? If one of my friends asked to settle a debt with a “Venmo” I’d be like, “Sorry, I can’t do that much caffeine after noon.”

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  6. Southeasterner says:

    Sound Transit is a joke.
    The would never ever ever ever inconvenience car drivers with all the paper work and check writing to access their thousands of free park n ride spots, but they have no issue at all making cyclists jump through ridiculous hoops to access bike storage that costs them a fraction of the amount of one car space.

    They make it impossible because they want it to fail so they can say “look nobody uses our bike facilities so we don’t need to invest anything in future stations.”

  7. Tim F says:

    http://www.streetfilms.org/secure-bike-parking-just-cents-per-hour/

    A combination of racks, on-demand lockers, bike cages and some vendor space at the stations would be a huge improvement. It sounds like newer stations are being designed with some of these features, but they’re being over-designed.

    The bikelink.org on-demand lockers at Northgate worked well for me, but I imagine they’d be overflowing at UW station. Halfway expect they’ll be removed when Link gets to Northgate and bike lanes are put in.

    These types of systems should also be a consideration for the next iteration of ORCA cards.

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