Valet bike parking is free during the day. After a quick one-time registration, follow the steps below to use valet service:
- Remove necessary items from bicycle and place bicycle in rack at front counter.
- Take a claim ticket, tear in half. Attach the larger half to to your bicycle, the smaller is your claim check: keep it safe!
- Sign into parking form. Include your full name, a brief description of the bicycle, and the last four numbers on your ticket.
- Always keep an eye on your bicycle until a staff member acknowledges you or has secured your bike behind the counter.
- For security, we do not allow overnight parking (exceptions may be made for reverse commuters, please inquire). A $5 overnight fee will be assessed each night, and bicycles left over one week may be donated or given to police.
- We are not responsible for any articles attached on the bike and bikes left overnight.
- Only you and those you designate on your Registration Form can retrieve your bike.
It is easier to park your bike when: unused bags/baskets are closed and folded, helmets are buckled to the top frame of your bike, and loose items are secured.
Our space is configured to maximize parking for traditional-sized bicycles. We do our best to accommodate cargo bicycles when possible. We do not park scooters, recumbents, other bikes that do not fit in our storage racks. For safety, bikes equipped with gas motors are never permitted to park in the Bike Station.
Available at: Downtown Berkeley, Fruitvale & Uptown
Controlled Access Parking
Our Controlled Access Bike Stations are available 21/24 hours a day (see below). Parking costs just 5¢/hr from 8am – 8pm weekdays, and 3¢/hr all other times.
Close the door behind you every time you enter or exit. DO NOT allow anyone else in or out. Each user must check-in and check-out with their own card.
Once inside, you have 10 minutes to remain in the station. Beyond this, an alarm will sound and we will be alerted of potential security breaches.
Always lock your bike. This is an unattended, shared-use facility.
Park for up to 10 days at a time. Overtime Rates apply. Bikes left longer may be considered abandoned.
Your bicycle must always be identified with your Bike Link ID Card Number. Use the sticker provided with your Bike Link card or a temporary hang tag provided in the station.
A Few Details
- Access hours: Ashby Bike Station and Berkeley Bike Station controlled-access parking are open 24/7. Embarcadero & Civic Center Bike Stations are unavailable when the BART Station closes (approximately 4am – 1am).
- Add value to card: Call 888-540-0546, or go to BikeLink.org
- Lost or missing card: Call BikeLink at 888-540-0546 immediately so that your card’s access can be deactivated. If you lose your card the value is also lost. You will have to purchase a new card.
- Abandoned or unauthorized bikes may be booted and bike owners will be charged a $55 site visit unlock fee or impounded.
Available at: Downtown Berkeley, Pleasant Hill, Embarcadero, Ashby & Civic Center
Bike Link has a 24-hour customer service line for all access issues.1-888-540-0546
All of our rental bikes are equipped with the gear you need. Each bike comes with: helmet, lights, u-lock, a bag, and maps upon request.
Cost: $35 per day, $95 per week, $200 per month
Available at: Downtown Berkeley
Your bike is your set of wheels, and we’re here to keep you riding.
Simply tell our staff your problems and we’ll either perform an inspection on the spot or call you with an estimate. We try to conduct most repairs on the same day, while your bike is parked, but can schedule an appointment for another time if necessary.
Available at: Downtown Berkeley, Pleasant Hill, Fruitvale & Uptown
How much will all this cost me?
Valet stations are always free during the day.Our 24-hour controlled-access stations cost only 5¢/hr weekdays 8am – 8pm and 3¢/hr all other times. If you parked five days a week, 50 weeks a year, from 9am – 5pm, you’ll pay about $100.
Who pays for the bike stations?
BART allocates funds from various transit authorities (such as MTC), federal funds to encourage transit (Safe Routes to Transit), and clean air agencies (BAAQM, CalTrans). BART also coordinates for other cities to help specific stations with rent (Berkeley helps with Downtown Berkeley Bike Station, Oakland via The Unity Council helps with Fruitvale bike station). As the operator, our job is to reduce funding needs each year through sales and repairs.
Why do you charge by the hour in your controlled-access facilities?
We want to accommodate as many users as possible, and discourage long-term storage of bikes. This allows us to accommodate as many as 5 users for each parking space, maximizing usage while charging users less.
Why does my $20 get me only $15 value?
The smart card itself costs more than five dollars. This charge also covers administrative costs such as sticker printing, address verification, and postage.
Where do the parking meter fees go?
We use a third-party technology called BikeLink to administer the backbone of our parking model. They provide 24-hour membership support and handle all requests and technical support-related issues. They collect the meter fees.
Why do you discourage overnight parking at valet stations?
Security and usage. Overnight parked bikes are more of a target for criminal activity. Also, keeping the spaces turning over frequently allows us to maximize usage.
Why do I need to sign-in each time I use a valet station?
We record each entry to craft reports showing usage and pollution reduction reports. We will soon provide you access with your own usage reports.
Where can I find a list of all BART rules for cyclists?
A complete list is available online, click here.
Photo Credit: Eric Londgren Photography.