Bike Parking

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BikePortland’s bike parking coverage is sponsored by Huntco Site Furnishings.

Portlander offers beer to illustrate bike parking demand at brewery

by on May 23rd, 2016 at 1:33 pm

(All photos by Ross Putnam.)

Last Friday night the lack of bike parking at Base Camp Brewing was readily apparent.
(All photos by Ross Putnam.)

Our bike parking coverage is sponsored by Huntco.

There are two things you can never have enough of in Portland: bike parking and great beer. Especially when a friend buys the beer*.

OHSU’s Go By Bike Valet has doubled its users in three years

by on May 20th, 2016 at 10:12 am

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The valet in 2012. It’s co-funded by OHSU and the private bike shop that operates nearby.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

One of Portland’s most unusual experiments in privately funded bike promotion keeps growing and growing.


Nowhere to park your bike at Pine Street Market? Help is on the way

by on May 20th, 2016 at 8:04 am

A new market in downtown Portland without bike parking out front? The horror!(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

A new market in downtown Portland without bike parking out front? Say it ain’t so!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Our bike parking coverage is sponsored by Huntco.

Downtown Portland’s most interesting new meal spot could be described as an indoor food cart pod, or maybe a slightly upmarket food court.

But whatever you want to call Pine Street Market, one thing it’s clearly short of is bike parking.

A few weeks ago, when I met a friend there, I resorted to something I’ve never had to do since moving to Portland: locking my bike to the plumbing outside a nearby building.

This is such an odd situation in Portland, which usually excels at commercial bike parking above all else, that it’s been drawing attention:

Portland’s biggest, baddest bike parking facility is about to open

by on May 13th, 2016 at 10:16 am

Inside the Lloyd Cycle Station, where you can catch a game on the tube while you chill after a ride.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland unless noted)

Generally speaking, Portland does bike parking better than any city in North America. And one of the continent’s biggest bike parking projects is about to open in the middle of it.

The Lloyd Cycle Station, which opens to the public next month in the basement of the Lloyd 700 Building at 700 NE Multnomah Street, will offer half of the record-breaking 1,200 indoor bike parking spaces constructed as part of Hassalo on Eighth in the Lloyd District. But unlike most residential bike parking projects, this facility will also be open to people who work or shop in the area.

The 24-hour facility will offer service from on-site mechanics, paid lockers, showers, a bike-repair stand, extra-large cargo bike parking, a bike wash and free “commute consultations.”


How Portland’s oldest Buddhist temple got better bike parking

by on March 29th, 2016 at 2:33 pm

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Charles Reneau and the bike parking area he made happen.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Making a place more welcoming to bicycle riders often starts with parking. It’s a basic need for all vehicle users. In the central city you can usually find a staple rack or something else to lock up to; but head out into Portland’s neighborhoods, beyond the main commercial districts, and it’s another story.

Take the Oregon Buddhist Temple for example. Since their attractive building on Southeast 34th just south of Powell Boulevard opened in 1966, members have had no place to park a bicycle. That fact bothered temple member Charles Reneau, so when he got a seat on the board he decided to do something about.

West-side group wants advice about bike parking locations in the burbs

by on March 8th, 2016 at 9:25 am

The (Epic) Sushi Ride
The suburbanite’s familiar search.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

BikePortland’s bike parking coverage is sponsored by Huntco Site Furnishings.

Suburban parking lots often fail horribly at bike parking — not because it’s expensive but simply because developers weren’t thinking about it.

But as hundreds of Portland retailers can testify, decent bike parking is a big part of making a business district bike-friendly. It’s a key part of making it feel natural and normal to go out for an errand, a beer, a meeting, a movie or a daycare dropoff on a bicycle.

With low-car lifestyles getting more common in Washington County over the last few years, some people in the area are looking to upgrade the bike parking. That’s why the Westside Transportation Alliance is working on a project right now to select the best locations for new bike racks.


Huntco is the new sponsor of our bike parking coverage

by on March 1st, 2016 at 11:56 am

Image from Huntco’s website.

We interrupt your regular programming for a word about our sponsors…

I’m excited to announce a new partnership with Huntco Site Furnishings. They are now the exclusive sponsor of our bike parking coverage. Huntco is a Portland-based company that designs, fabricates and sells industrial-grade bike racks and other “street furniture.” They’ve been around for 30 years and have taken a keen interested in bike parking and bike racks as the market has matured and grown. Owner Casey Rice often bikes to work in the northwest industrial area and he’s been avid reader of BikePortland for several years. A believer in local manufacturing, Huntco only contracts with metal shops in Oregon and Washington (they also do their powder-coating locally).

Bike parking is a topic that’s been near-and-dear to our hearts since the early days of the blog. Whether it’s rating the bike parking of a local business, reforming Portland’s bike parking code at Wonk Night, sharing photos of artistic racks around town, or tracking real estate trends — we love this beat. Huntco’s financial support means that now we can plan out a consistent series of bike parking stories. Later this spring Huntco and BikePortland will host an event where we’ll do something fun related to bike parking, like perhaps crowd-sourcing the perfect bike room or designing the ultimate bike corral. As always, we’d love to hear your ideas! (more…)

City of Portland’s new bike rack design aims to thwart thieves

by on February 26th, 2016 at 12:26 pm

The new design includes a half-inch diameter wire rope and a crossbar.

Bike parking coverage on BikePortland is sponsored by Huntco.

Wonk Nights work! 30 months later, city kicks off bike parking reform

by on February 23rd, 2016 at 3:16 pm

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The crowd of problem-solvers in 2013.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

BikePortlanders may remember that a few years ago, Portland Planning and Sustainability Commissioner Chris Smith approached us with an idea: he felt the city’s bike parking rules needed an update, and wanted help proving it.

So we teamed up with our friends at Lancaster Engineering to host a “wonk night” at which 30 attendees broke into groups and brainstormed ideas for updating the city code that tells developers how to design bike parking and how much of each type to include.

Smith wrote us this week to share some good news: Tomorrow night is the first meeting of the Bicycle Parking Stakeholder Working Group, which has been officially tasked with rewriting the city’s code.


Portland Water Bureau employees get new covered bike parking area

by on February 2nd, 2016 at 1:13 pm

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New bike parking at Interstate facility.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As part of a $49 million renovation project at their Interstate Avenue facility, the City of Portland Water Bureau now offers its employees and visitors a covered bike parking facility.