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Weigh in on proposed bike shelter/art project in Woodlawn

Posted on January 5th, 2011 at 12:56 pm.

Artist Buster Simpson’s rendering of covered bike rack and green street features. See more at BusterSimpson.net/Dekum


Vancouver (WA) installs four more on-demand bike lockers

Posted on December 10th, 2010 at 11:49 am.

A source that works for the City of Vancouver (WA) sent this info over the other day (photos of the new lockers below):

“Three weeks ago we installed 4 more Bikelink lockers in our downtown area, bringing the total number of lockers to 9. This project was part of our Destination Downtown project, and was funded through a grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation. The BikeLink lockers are “on-demand” facilities that users can rent by the hour with an electronic key card. At this time we are charging 5 cents an hour for the lockers.

New locations:
SE corner of Columbia Street and W Evergreen Boulevard
NW corner of Main Street and W 11th Street
NE corner of Broadway Street and W 7th Street (1st locker before the C-TRAN lockers)
NE corner of Main Street and E 20th Street

Existing locations:
1300 Franklin Street on south side of Clark County Public Service Center – 4 lockers
NE corner of Columbia and 6th Street – 1 locker”

Vancouver was the first city in the Northwest to install on-demand, debit card access bike lockers. We covered the first installation (across from Esther Short Park) back in June 2006.

Update on bike corral/public art project in Woodlawn

Posted on November 4th, 2010 at 12:16 pm.

Detail of sculptural element on
roof of new bike corral coming
to Dekum Street.

Our story last week about a new on-street bike corral coming to Dekum Street in the Woodlawn neighborhood sparked a lot of discussion. Many readers weighed in with negative opinions about the design (especially the car part) and wondered whether or not there would be more opportunity for public input. I followed up with folks behind the project and got some answers to your questions. I can also share a detailed artist’s statement and updated project drawings.


Art bike corral coming to Woodlawn neighborhood

Posted on October 27th, 2010 at 4:27 pm.

A new bike corral slated for N Dekum Street near Breakside Brewery.
(Renderings by Buster Simpson/BusterSimpson.net/dekum)


Hillsboro welcomes Oregon’s first Bikestation

Posted 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)


PGE Park, Whole Foods jump on bike parking bandwagon

Posted on August 31st, 2010 at 10:01 am.

Temporary bike parking at PGE Park was a hit during a Timbers game last weekend.
(Photo: Jeff Castro/Bikeracker)


Get sneak peek at Bikestation Hillsboro tomorrow

Posted on August 30th, 2010 at 12:10 pm.

Opens tomorrow.

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.


Ask BikePortland: What’s the usage etiquette and capacity for a staple rack?

Posted on August 17th, 2010 at 1:04 pm.

Not recommended unless
you are friends.
(Photo © J. Maus)

This week’s Ask BikePortland question comes from Daniel C. He had a disagreement with someone over how many bikes can fit on one of PBOT’s standard staple racks. Daniel also wants to know if there are manners to keep in mind when sharing a staple with someone…

“Following an odd conversation/almost-altercation I had yesterday, I am led to wonder whether his claim that the bike staple can fit 4 bikes has more merit than I’m giving it credit for.


Vancouver gets two more on-street bike corrals, but businesses thwart a third

Posted on August 12th, 2010 at 3:40 pm.

New bike parking across
from Esther Short Park.
(Photos by Marcus Griffith

Earlier this week, the City of Vancouver installed two more on-street bike parking corrals, raising the city’s total to three. The new racks were installed Tuesday morning at Esther Short Park and on the corner of Broadway and McLoughlin Blvd in downtown Vancouver.

As reported online in The Vancouver Voice last week, the projects were approved by the Parking Advisory Committee in July, but were not expected to be installed until late summer due to a back log of city pavement projects.


Lloyd District gets major new bike parking facility

Posted on June 22nd, 2010 at 1:18 pm.

New bike parking at Doubletree Hotel in Lloyd District.
(Photos: Heather McCarey)