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.

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

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.

TriMet to add 200 covered bike parking spots to MAX system

by on January 29th, 2016 at 3:16 pm

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Concept art for a new bike-and-ride facility at the Goose Hollow MAX station, due to open by the end of 2016.
(Images: TriMet)

Portland’s regional transit agency expects to add new locked “Bike and Ride” facilities this year to its Goose Hollow, Beaverton Creek and Orenco Station MAX stops, greatly increasing the west side’s capacity for bike-to-transit commuting.

It’s especially welcome news for MAX commuters through the crowded Robertson Tunnel between Portland and Washington County. Job and residential growth in Central Portland and urban Washington County have been leading to more and more people looking to reach those stations by bike.

At at least one of the facilities, there’s even room being set aside specifically for cargo bikes.


Bike parking exam: Planet Granite in the Pearl District

by on December 21st, 2015 at 2:15 pm

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Bikes parked outside Planet Granite on NW 14th and Pettygrove.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I have a thing for bike parking.

Commissioner Fritz questions city plan to legalize tiny homes near property lines, a perk currently given to auto storage

by on November 20th, 2015 at 10:55 am

Sally Spear, right, lives in a backyard home in Northeast Portland with her daughter’s family.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Until this week, Portland seemed poised to eliminate one of the many ways it prioritizes housing for cars over housing for people.

For decades, there’s been exactly one way to build a 15-foot-tall structure up to the edge of most Portland property lines: put a car in it.

Want an accessory dwelling unit the same size as a garage? Sorry, that’ll have to be set back five feet from the property line, even if it has no windows or doors facing the property edge.

Bike sheds currently face the same restriction: unlike garages that were designed for cars, bike sheds must be at least five feet away from the property line in all single-family residential zones.


TriMet survey finds no clear answers for cutting bikes-on-MAX crowding

by on November 4th, 2015 at 10:19 am

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Bikes and people squeeze
onto a MAX train.
(Photos © J.Maus/BikePortland)

Many people who take their bikes on MAX have had to skip a train at least a few times because it’s too full of people.

But park a bike at the station because all the hooks are full? Not so common. Most riders will wheel it on anyway if they can, even if it’ll block other people from boarding down the line.

Those are two findings from an online survey, conducted as part of TriMet’s bike plan, that explored the problem of people trying to take their bikes on MAX and bus but running out of space.

Here’s the question about skipping trains that can’t fit a bike. 21 percent of respondents said this happens to them “often,” and another 38 percent said they’ve done so once or twice: