My local Sunday Farmers’ Market offers free bike valet — and this week, SlateV featured the eco-friendly service in a short video.

Considering how crowded and popular this farmers’ market can get, the bike valet is a great convenience for everyone in the community. Drive a car, and you’ll be circling a while or parking far away to trek over a few long blocks — by which time you’ll be cranky from fighting traffic.

Ride a bike, and all you have to do is drop off your bike right at the front of the market! In exchange, you receive a paper ticket — which can be reused every week, by the way — so you can reclaim your bike once you’re done.

Santa Monica also offers free bike valet at a number of big events, including the Twilight Dance Series, a concert series on the pier that happens every Thursday evening during the summer. In addition, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit bike advocacy, also offers bike valet at some events around Los Angeles. Do you have something similar in your city?

Bicycle valet for local shoppers
At my local farmers' market, shoppers can get free valet parking for their bicycles.