of a bike shelter at Daimler Trucks HQ
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
Daimler Trucks North America, a commercial truck manufacturer based on Swan Island, celebrated a decidedly non-motorized achievement this morning: They opened a bike parking shelter near the main entrance of their corporate headquarters.
The new shelter can fit up to 53 bicycles in a space previously used to park just five cars. Daimler project manager Rich Wipf said demand for bike parking from Daimler's 3,000 Swan Island employees (1,500 at corporate HQ) has increased significantly in recent years. "Some of our employees remember when just one rack was enough. Now we've got racks near all the entrances and they're all filling up."
Erik Weeman, a mechanical engineer, said there were only "a handful" of riders when he started working at Daimler two years ago. Now the existing bike racks quickly fill up in the morning. "Unless you get here early, your bike would be left out in the rain if you could even find a spot."