Portland City Hall bolsters bike parking

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New bike parking at City Hall.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The City of Portland has added 12 parking spaces in front of City Hall to accommodate visitors and employees who arrive by bike.

Two sets of three staple racks each have been installed on both sides of the building’s plaza at the SW 4th Avenue entrance.

Last fall, the city installed 16 staple racks (capacity for 32 bikes) during the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge. The racks were intended to be temporary, but Commissioner Adams’ office tried to make them permanent. In the end, the racks were removed, so it’s great to see new ones spring up again.

City Hall Bike Show and Art Exhibition

That was then…
(Photo taken 7/6/06)
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…this is now.
(Exact same locations.)

Bike parking at City Hall is at a premium during certain meeting times and events. These new racks will also help stop the practice of locking bikes up to the railings of wheelchair access ramps at the front entrance.

There is a covered bike parking facility on the 5th Avenue side of City Hall, but that one is usually full.

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Jessica Roberts
Jessica Roberts
14 years ago

Fantastic news! I love the symbolism of bikes parking right next to the main entrance. Thanks to whomever made this happen (PDOT? Sam\’s office?).

Steve Hoyt-McBeth
14 years ago

Jonathan, the Bureau of General Services has also installed additional \”staple racks\” in the loggia (the covered outdoor area) of the Portland Building.

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UP with bike parking. DOWN with bike boxes. 😛

encephalopath
encephalopath
14 years ago

Why do they mount the racks on a strip of unprotected of mild steel. Is rust not a problem?

I\’ve noticed that before with other racks.

kasandra
kasandra
14 years ago

I know I can look this up, but I\’ll ask out loud in case the answer is useful to others, too: Who at PDOT is the contact for requesting additional bike parking, these days?

MarkDaMan
MarkDaMan
14 years ago

I know, I\’m being nitpicky…but I would like to see, IN THE NEAR FUTURE, those staple racks replaced with fun, innovative racks created by local artists.

Donna
Donna
14 years ago

Finally!

Joe Rowe
Joe Rowe
14 years ago

The photo below is more realistic. It shows anyone here in 2006 that we need more frekin bike parking. It shows we have to fight for the most obvious things. Get a clue city hall and the Dept of Transportation.

here is a photo link I took.
http://tinyurl.com/5mpk9f

Cops are wasting time buggin the good car drivers near bike boxes. What good are bike boxes without cracking down on the really bad drivers?

Our city GOV stinks. Cops pepper spraying protesters and bugging cyclists while letting deadly cars go free.

Jessica Roberts
Jessica Roberts
14 years ago

Quoting Kasandra: Who at PDOT is the contact for requesting additional bike parking, these days?

You can always just call 503-823-CYCL to request bike racks. However, if you want to call directly, the number of the bike rack installation manager is 503-823-5185. I believe it is still Ramon, but I\’m not sure.

BURR
BURR
14 years ago

Howz about some of those racks in front of the Portland Building too, for cryin\’ out loud???

Daniel (teknotus) Johnson
Daniel (teknotus) Johnson
14 years ago

Re #9

I believe they just hired someone new about a week ago to handle bike rack requests. I heard something about a huge backlog so they needed another person.

carl
carl
14 years ago

where can i buy (locally) a basic rack (installable in concrete of course) for my house??? any suggestions?

Sarah Figliozzi
14 years ago

To Carl: There are several local vendors that build bicycle racks that would appropriate for private rack installations. You can give me a call on 823-0805 and I would be more than happy to forward a list of them and explain how the permit process works.