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Hillsboro welcomes Oregon’s first Bikestation

Posted by on October 27th, 2010 at 11:50 am

Notables line up to cut the ribbon.
L to R: Karl Dinger (City of Hillsboro Intermodal Transit Facility Project Manager), Toni Plunkett (City of Hillsboro Controller), Bob Reitmeir (City of Hillsboro Fleet and Facilities Director), Colin Cooper (City of Hillsboro Planning Manger), Steve Krautscheid (Director of Facilities for Tuality Hospital), Aron Carlson (City of Hillsboro City Council President), Andrea White-Kjoos (CEO of Bikestation/Mobis), Jim Wilcox (Bikestation Northwest Rep). Laying down: John Southgate (City of Hillsboro Economic Development Director)
(Photos: Colin Cooper)

Last Wednesday the City of Hillsboro celebrated the opening of Bikestation Hillsboro, the first of its kind in Oregon. The new facility is a full service bike transit center that is situated on the ground floor of the new Intermodal Transit Facility near Tuality Hospital and the SE 8th Avenue Blue Line MAX stop.

The new Hillsboro Bikestation is over 1,200 square feet and includes 35 electronically secure indoor bicycle parking spaces, a bike stand with full work bench, three showers, bathrooms, and lockers. Memberships cost $96 per year, $12 per month, or $1 per day (you can buy packs of 10), plus a $20 annual fee. Once a Bikestation member, you can use your key card at any one of their locations nationwide.

Open for business.

City of Hillsboro Planning Manager Colin Cooper was at the opening day celebration and said he’s “really excited” about what it means for the city. “This grand opening was very important to the City and signifies our commitment to bicycle transportation and what we hope will be additional significant investments in bicycle infrastructure.”

At a panel session at the Rail-Volution conference which was held last week in downtown Portland, Bikestation CEO Andrea White-Kjoos said about 35% of Bikestation members are new to biking and previously used a car to get to work. Kjoos says Bikestation is designed for not just people who are currently riding, but it also appeals to people who’d like to ride but shy away from it due to concerns about theft and convenience.

Check out the inside of the facility in the photo below…

Learn more at Bikestation.com.

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  • Gemma October 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Does it have a special section for a smaller kids bike?

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  • bikieboy October 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    jonathan, any idea what the financing arrangement is?

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  • Todd Boulanger October 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Additionally, the facilities (showers and changing rooms) and layout will make it easy to scale it up as growth demands and resources permit.

    The wall racks can be replaced with two tier racks to almost double the parking within the existing layout. And the hallway behind the repair area can be reconnected to the street side retail pad for more bike parking or bike commuter service area if desired.

    Hillsboro – thanks again for welcoming Bikestation to Oregon.

    Todd Boulanger
    Board of Director
    Bikestation // Mobis Transportation Alternatives

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  • Jerry_W October 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Looks like a real step forward, I hope it grows within the area!

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  • Dominic October 28, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I wonder how many hundreds of staples or dozens of bike corrals could’ve been installed all around the city with the money spent on this private-company-owned-publicly-funded facility..?

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  • Mindful Cyclist October 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I hope this works out. I take MAX to the Sunset Transit Center and I unfortunately see maybe one bike in the Bike and Ride that was installed a few months ago.

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  • pdxebiker October 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    If they’d included staple racks with adjacent outlets for charging ebikes, maybe they could’ve gotten EV funding as wel.

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