Cyclists are being invited to help Auckland Transport chose between two types of bike rack for bus and train stations and ferry terminals.
It has set up demonstration models at the Downtown Ferry Terminal, and will have staff on hand from 7am to 9am each day this week to note the views of passing cyclists.
The trial follows criticism last year of sums of up to $79,000 spent on a handful of super bike sheds around the region, and a call by Cycle Action Auckland for less costly facilities.
Its chairwoman, Barbara Cuthbert, is welcoming the new prototypes as fitting that bill, and urging cyclists to make their views known.
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Auckland Transport has an annual budget for bike parking of about $400,000, but has yet to indicate how many racks that may buy.
Its walking and cycling manager, Kathryn King, says the trial is about giving cyclists something they want and will use.
"We want to make sure bike stands meet the needs of the city's growing cycling community - we're looking at factors like ease of use, safety and security."
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