Bikestations: Safe, Secure, and Commuter Friendly

Oct 18, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Both Los Angeles (scroll down to page 129) and Santa Monica City Zoning laws require additional space for bike parking for every new commercial building, signaling the beginning of a newly emerging trend both here and around the nation. That is, the development of more bike-friendly communities.

BikeStation’s name is eponymous with its mission– a safe and secure place to park your bike, go to work, and then return to find your bike in exactly the same condition you left it—safe and secure. Depending on the type of storage facility built, they also provide bike maintenance for your bicycle from their staff on-site.

The idea is simple. Place a Bikestation close to major commuter, working, or tourist clusters. People can then either purchase a very reasonably priced, annual membership, which gives them 24/7 access to bike parking spot, or use the daily parking valet services.

One reason I don’t ride my bike more often is because I don’t want it to get stolen. Or almost as bad, have parts of it stolen. I own a mid-range folding bike, so my u-lock will protect the bike, but not the seat or the handle bars, which can be easily taken off. If I had a secure parking spot for my bike, I’d be much more inclined to use my bicycle to go to the beach, shop, or watch a movie. As it now stands, I either drive or more often than not, take the Metro to get to my destinations.

 

New Long Beach Bikestation

Currently there’s only one local Bikestation facility, which is located in Long Beach. The current facility has space for about 75 bikes– but a new facility, already in the works, is planned to open in the spring of 2010. This facility will include over 100 parking spots, a repair facility, plus showers and changing rooms.

Recently considered as pie-in-the-sky thinking, is now very much real and part of Bikestation’s forward planning and thinking. Once you purchase an annual membership, you can use your entry card at any Bikestation around the country. In fact, a brand new facility just opened at Union Station in Washington DC. Within two weeks of its opening, over 100 of the available 125 annual memberships had already been sold.

 

DC Bikestation

Even though DC is across the country, it’s great to have the ability to take your bike with you on a trip. Besides the Bikestations in Long Beach and Washington DC, there are also facilities in Berkeley, Palo Alto, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and three more slated to open soon in Salt Lake City, UT, Claremont, CA., and Tempe, AZ.

According to studies performed with CALSTART formulas, in 2008, the then six Bikestation

Facilities and their members:

  • Served their communities by securely parking 66,820 bicycles
  • Lessened congestion by 133,640 car trips
  • Improved air quality by keeping 400,000 pounds of pollutants out of the air
  • Saved energy and increased energy independence by saving over 1,000 barrels of oil

Source: Press Release

In a recent interview with Andrea White-Kjoss, the CEO of Bikestation, at least two parking garages in Santa Monica will soon include new Bikestation’s. She thinks the trend is for cities to build more of these bike friendly facilities.

Ms. White-Koss, ardent in her business mission, states that her company “Helps to create a vibrant and active space for the areas who want these types of bike facilities.” She further concludes that “With our turn-key features and design, our intent is to be a part of these exciting opportunities, and to lead the way for more green and healthy communities.”

 

Please don't steal my bicycle.  Thanks

With the ongoing problem of bike theft being just one of the thoughts on most biker’s minds, the Federal, State, and local governments need to take a closer look at bicycle parking, and to provide the needed resources to increase both the availability, and accessibility of bike parking facilities, as well as providing for bike security.

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7 Responses to “Bikestations: Safe, Secure, and Commuter Friendly”

  1. Kim says:

    Seriously, I know I say it all the time, but you find the coolest stuff.. Bike Stations..who knew.. and that first picture.. there is just something so wonderful about it..
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Kim, Who knows, a Bikestation might be coming to your neighborhood, too. They are a perfect marriage for bike riders and mass transit.

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  2. David says:

    Great coverage and story. Hopefully, these facilities can be eventually built across the U.S.

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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @David, I think so. It will be great to have a series of bike parking facilities that everyone can use.

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  4. Jayme Lynn says:

    You have a folding bike…. fold it and take it with you.
    Problem solved and it didn’t cost 4 million public dollars.

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    LisaNewton Reply:

    That’s true, but it’s not like the bike fits into my purse, and if I want to do something for the day, I can’t carry it around with me all day long either.

    One major advantage to a folding bike is that I can take it on the Metro bus or train anytime I want.

    In addition, not everyone has a folding bike. It’s all of them that need bike parking, too.

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