Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 30th, 2010 at 12:10 pm
As a follow-up to a story we reported last March, the facility that houses Bikestation Hillsboro will have its grand opening tomorrow. The new Bikestation -- the first of its kind in the Portland metro region -- is set to open in a few weeks. It will offer over 1,200 square feet of secure bike parking accessible by members through electronic card access 24 hours a day. The new Bikestation is located on the ground floor of the five-story, 20,000 square foot Hillsboro Intermodal Transit Facility (ITF) that will have a grand opening event tomorrow. In addition to bike parking, the ITF will house motor vehicle parking, street-level retail shops, and EV charging stations.
"The primary objective is to encourage a modal shift from single occupancy vehicles to cleaner, sustainable transportation options, such as bicycles..."
-- Bikestation/Mobis Inc.
Bikestation members and will have access to secure, indoor bike parking, lockers, restrooms, showers, a repair stand, tools, bike and transit route information, an air pump, and more. To become a member (you can sign up online) there's annual $20 administration fee in addition to a daily ($1), monthly ($12) or annual ($96) membership plan.
The ITF, located just one block from the TriMet Blue MAX line at SE 8th and Washington, is the latest addition to Hillsboro's Health & Education District and will be a parking hub for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Portland Community College, Tuality Hospital and Pacific University.
A statement from Bikestation's parent company, Mobis Inc., says the primary objective of the new Bikestation is to serve as a testament to Hillsboro's dedication to alternative transportation and sustainability and "encourage a modal shift from single occupancy vehicles to cleaner, sustainable transportation options, such as bicycles that link with the public transportation systems."
Other cities with Bikestations include Santa Barbara, Long Beach, and Palo Alto CA, Seattle WA, Washington DC., and others. Portland has given considerable thought to the idea of bringing a Bikestation to town since at least March of 2007, but as of now there are no plans to move forward.
Tomorrow's event kicks off at 4:00 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase earlybird Bikestation memberships and learn more about the facility. A grand opening for the Bikestation is expected for late September/early October.