Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 27th, 2010 at 11:50 am
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.
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.