Something tells us we may be the only ones excited about this, but on select nights in September, Transportation Alternatives will be offering free valet bicycle parking to anyone attending a theatrical performance in the Theater District. Finding a place to lock up around there is a real headache, so this is certainly welcome news for Broadway theatergoers who ride their bikes to the theater... all two of them? We're curious to see how people actually take advantage of this.

As you may know, the crowds that clog that area on any given night are mainly comprised of gum-smacking tourist teenagers and purse-clutching middlebrow matrons from Metro North country. It's hard to imagine much of the audience for Jersey Boys biking through Times Square, but still, we appreciate the sentiment. Transportation Alternatives has done a stellar job organizing desperately-needed bike parking at summertime events such as Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park and the Movies With a View in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We're glad to see them expanding this to other locations like Times Square—just watch out for those body-slamming rookie cops!

Details below, from the Trans Alt press release:

Beginning September 9th and continuing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through September 25th, free, secure and attended valet bike parking will be provided for theater patrons in Times Square. There will also be free valet bike parking at the Broadway on Broadway concert on Sunday, September 12th.

Bike valet works like a secure coat check - show your theater ticket, drop off your bike with a Transportation Alternatives attendant, take a ticket, enjoy the show!
WHEN: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, September 9, 10, 11, 16,
17, 18, 23, 24 and 25th Valet bike parking available 6pm-11:30pm
WHERE: At the New York Marriott Marquis on West 46th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway, just west of the driveway
WHAT: Valet Bike Parking at Broadway on Broadway
WHEN: Sunday, September 12, 2010 Valet bike parking available 9am-2pm
WHERE: In the Broadway Pedestrian Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets.