At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC), we heard from April Bertelsen of the Portland Mall Revitalization project.
This is the project that will completely reconstruct the existing bus mall on 5th and 6th Avenues downtown. In that process they will be uprooting and relocating hundreds of bike racks. April was at the PBAC meeting to hear input from cyclists about what type of facilities they should consider replacing them with.
She is considering lockers and perhaps a large, high-capacity indoor facility (like BikeStation), and she is open to other ideas.
My recommendation would be something like the bike oases going up on Hawthorne. These are sort of a middle ground between bike lockers and a large indoor facility. They are covered, they can be partly funded by advertising, and they can include maps and information.