Bike Parking

Welcome to our bike parking archive page. Browse posts below and click a headline for the full story. If you love bike parking, you might also be interested in our collection of bike parking photos.

City drops 84 bike parking spaces into East Portland parking lots

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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The city created a process for East Portland businesses to request free bike staples in exchange for dedicating space in their parking lots and maintaining the racks.
(Photos by David Hampsten)

Portland may have just cracked a very important puzzle: How can the public provide convenient bike parking in neighborhoods where the front door of a business is half a football field away from the sidewalk?

The city just wrapped up a project that bought metal bike racks in bulk and donated them to interested businesses, who in turn agreed to maintain the racks along with the rest of their private parking lots.


Nike bike share clogs bike parking at Beaverton Creek station

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Nike’s new corporate bike share system seems to be plenty popular with users of the nearby Beaverton Creek MAX station:


TriMet to build fewer bike lockers and more covered bike racks at new transit stops

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
(Photos courtesy TriMet.)

Portland’s regional transit agency is installing far fewer $50-a-year bike lockers than it used to and adding more short-term parking near stops as it rethinks the ways people in cities tend to combine bikes and public transit.

Though the City of Portland’s parking code requires eight “long-term” parking spaces at every new rail stop, the city is waiving that rule for many stations on the future Orange Line. Instead, TriMet is building several much larger and more space-efficient bike-and-ride storage areas, plus plenty of covered, open-air bike parking.


Short on storage space? Portlander builds her own bike hooks

Friday, January 24th, 2014
(Photo courtesy Halley Weaver)

Here’s a quick bike how-to that can save some space in a garage while minimizing drilling into the walls.

It’s from Halley Weaver, who many Portlanders might know from her performances as a “zero-emissions harpist.” With space at a premium in her garage, she threw together a simple plan to consolidate: hang the 12 bikes from the walls.

Weaver shares the specs on her blog:

We are renting the townhouse we’re in and can’t be drilling a ton of holes in our garage. What did we decide on doing? Due to our transportation confines, we got a 6″ x 2″ x 12′ board and had it cut in half at the hardware store. So now we have two 6′ boards. We picked up eight 4″ lag bolts (2 for each end of each board) and 12 bike hooks.


Portland project gets 1,200 bike parking spaces, most in N America (and it might not be enough)

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Each of three new buildings planned for the four-block project will include more than 100 bike parking spaces. The fourth will get a basement valet storage area with 540 or more.
(Image by GBD Architects.)
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Call it a bikescraper.

The 21-story, three-building apartment project now rising in Portland’s Lloyd District will create more long-term bike parking than any other project in the nation, with four huge new storage facilities in four buildings and an on-site bike valet parking service to serve the biggest one.

But a project architect said Monday that he’s not sure the 1,200 bike parking spaces planned will be enough to serve 657 Portland households, so the development team is considering adding even more bike parking before the project, called Hassalo on Eighth, opens in 2015.


Changes to bike parking at New Seasons Market in Arbor Lodge

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
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Riding your bike to New Seasons Market in Arbor Lodge is now even easier with a new on-street bike corral and rear entrance on N. Holman.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)


Wonk Night kickstarts effort to reform Portland’s bike parking code

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
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An unprecedented gathering of bike parking
brain-power met at Lancaster Engineering
Tuesday night.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Staple racks at the grocery store blocked by piles of pumpkins; events with 800 people and zero additional bike parking; apartment buildings with dozens of wall hooks that are difficult and awkward to use for many people…

Portland is full of bike parking problems. Fortunately, most of them are solvable.

On Tuesday night, Jonathan and I joined the bike coordinators for Oregon’s two largest-employment universities, three representatives of bike parking equipment companies, two city employees, three architects, a team of engineers, the operator of the largest bike parking facility in North America and 25 other wonky Portland citizens for drinks and sandwiches to start talking about the solutions. (more…)

Reminder: A Wonk Night tomorrow about bike parking reform

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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How much is enough?
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A group of believers in low-car real estate development will meet at Lancaster Engineering Tuesday night (tomorrow!) for a free, wonky evening of creating “the manifesto for how we’ll turn Portland into the easiest place in the world to park a bicycle.”
That’s the description from organizer Chris Smith, a citizen activist who serves on the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission and also makes the trains run on time at the Portland Transport blog.

PBOT reaches 100th bike corral milestone

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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The city installed the first on-street bike corral at Fresh Pot on N Mississippi Ave in 2004. Today there are 100 of them throughout the city.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has announced the installation of their 100th on-street bike corral. This milestone comes nine years after the first one was installed in north Portland in 2004. The 100th corral is installed at the New Seasons Market on SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Renovation at Powell’s Books leads to uncertain future for iconic bike racks

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Mia Birk at Powell's Books-4
The racks at Powell’s on Burnside and 10th have the
names of bike books and their authors on them.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

An upcoming renovation project at Powell’s Books in downtown Portland has put the future of its iconic, bike book themed racks at the corner of SW 10th and Burnside in question.

According to the land use review notice (PDF) available via the Portland Bureau of Development Services (and brought to our attention by Doug Klotz), Powell’s is planning a storefront improvement project that will bring changes to the south and east facades of their flagship downtown store. The plans call for a new “porch” design that will eliminate the existing art bike racks and swap them out for nine PBOT-issued staple racks that will be placed on a new curb extension at the northwest corner of 10th and Burnside. (Note: These new racks won’t be an on-street bike parking “corral”, they’ll be placed on an extension of the existing sidewalk that will use space currently occupied by two auto parking spaces.)


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