WHEREAS since 1999 San Francisco has required events with over 2000 people in attendance to provide a free bike valet service;
WHEREAS bike theft is a problem in Vancouver, and has been cited as a deterrent for cycling to events;
WHEREAS cycling is a healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel throughout Vancouver;
WHEREAS Vancouver parks are sites of many major events and celebrations;
WHEREAS the Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in Jericho Park are currently offering this service, which has proven to be a successful and popular parking option;
WHEREAS the Vancouver Park Board is committed to decreasing automobile dependence, while promoting other forms of transportation, including cycling;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT staff be directed to investigate San Francisco's by-law and report back to the Planning Committee on the feasibility of instituting a similar bike valet requirement for special events and activities in Vancouver parks.