Staff and shoppers making the daily journey to Orange’s main shopping area have a more secure place to store their bicycle with the opening of a new bike-locker in the Orange City Centre car park. 
 
The new locker was installed by Orange City Council with funding from the NSW Government’s RMS Cycle Towns program.
 
Orange City Centre Manager Nicole Chapman has welcomed the opportunity to broaden the parking options for both staff and customers and highlight that no carparking spaces were lost in the creation of the new locker facility.
 
“More and more people want to ride their bikes into the CBD for shopping or for work each day,” Nicole Chapman said. “People have realized that as well as the day-by-day health benefits, riding a bike will save you money and can be more convenient. 
 
“A number of staff who work in the Centre’s retail outlets drive their cars to work on some days and then ride bikes on other days, so this free locker is going to be very convenient for them.”
 
While there is no charge for using the locker, people who want to use the facility will pay a refundable deposit to get access to a key. The locker is well-lit and enclosed in steel mesh. It has been built in an under-cover section of the car park, near the Post Office Lane pedestrian entrance to the car park.
 
The locker includes 5 hanging-racks where each rider can lock their own bike using their own bike chain. There is further space for casual bicycle ‘stabling’ adjacent, using four other bicycle hoops. Any rider who wants to use the locker should contact the Centre Management on 6361 3879.