SFMTA Pilots a New Artistic Way to Store Bikes

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Monday, December 11, 2023

A picture of the new bike hangar storage method by the SFMTA. The hangar is decorated with artwork of plants, and is on the side of the street next to the curb.The SFMTA’s new bike hangar storage. 

Are you looking for a more secure, and affordable new way to store your bike around town? The SFMTA recently installed two new eye-catching bike hangars decorated by local artists with room for up to 12 bikes per hangar for just 5 cents per hour.  

These hangers are a two-year Mayor-directed pilot intended to provide secure, medium-term bike storage. Hangars have limited, monitored access to make them more secure than our short-term bike racks.  

We have partnered with the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD) and eLock/BikeLink on this pilot. Customers will need to download the BikeLink app to use the hangars and are encouraged to use their own bike lock inside them for added security. The hangar doors are designed with a hydraulic assist to facilitate opening and closing.

We will assess whether the bike hangars are a good fit for San Francisco based on usage (number of rentals per day, average rental length), security, turnover and more. We’ll also be asking for feedback to evaluate user experience and identify improvement opportunities. 

The hangars are located at 4th & Minna streets near the Metreon and Howard & 2nd streets. They should be available to the public by early next year after some additional testing.  

More information will be available prior to the public launch at our Bike Parking page (SFMTA.com/BikeParking).