Five BikeLid secure bicycle parking units have been installed at the University Metrorail Station. BikeLid claims their product provides security from vandals, thieves and the elements. Based on a brief examination I think the product does all of which it claims. One of the five BikeLids was in use this afternoon which is a positive sign some cyclists already know what they are, however a kid on a skateboard asked me "What are these things?" while I was testing them out.

How to use a BikeLid:

1. Lift Lid
2. Park Bike
3. Close Lid
4. Insert Your Lock
5. Test Latch

As an added measure of security you can also lock your bicycle to the steel bar inside the lid. Two bicycles can fit inside one lid but the purpose is defeated if you're locking up with a stranger. Overall this appears to be an excellent product, cyclists have been asking for weather protection for some time now and this delivers. Made in the USA and very green.