Bikestation is a non-profit that has helped develop secure bike parking facilities in many cities across the country. There are currently six Bikestations, one in Seattle and the others in California.
The city of Portland has discussed a potential Bikestation facility for many years. Last night I bumped into their Executive Director, 32 year-old Andrea White (photo, right). Andrea has been working to bring one to Portland for the last two years.
I asked her where things stood.
Andrea says they have proposals on the table from several groups and that one local bike shop has stepped to the forefront,
“We are in advanced discussions with the Bike Gallery to be a local operating partner. They have the credibility, resources and a strong advocacy focus that we really appreciate.”
Rather than build and operate the facility themselves, Andrea said Bikestation prefers to partner with local bike shops and/or other businesses and community groups to manage the facilities.
What are the possible locations of a Portland Bikestation?
Andrea says they’re looking at the upcoming development at First and Main (which you might recall I hinted at back in May). They are also looking at a facility in Portland State University‘s (PSU) new (and expanded) bike shop, and my favorite location, Pioneer Courthouse Square at the old Powell’s travel bookstore site (which is now vacant).
Andrea plans to visit Portland in April and she will meet with stakeholders from PSU, PDOT, and others.
I told Andrea to keep me posted on any developments.
UPDATE: I regret that I referenced Bike Gallery’s involvement with Bikestation prematurely, without clarifying the facts with Bike Gallery owner Jay Graves. I learned some important facts from him this morning:
- Yes, Bike Gallery plans to partner with Bikestation in Portland.
- But, it will likely be a year or two before it happens.
- And, Bike Gallery plans (and has planned all along) to donate any and all profits directly to non-profit groups.
And that’s just the start. Jay has more exciting plans and ideas for a future Portland Bikestation. I will do a more in-depth interview with him early next week. Please stay tuned.