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Help TriMet name their new bike parking facilities — UPDATED

Posted by on March 3rd, 2010 at 4:21 pm

TriMet has launched an online survey to help come up with a name for their new bike parking facilities. The facilities, funded with $1,000,000 in federal stimulus funds, will provide secure bike parking at the Sunset, Beaverton and Gresham Central transit centers.

The survey includes several names to choose from, including “Bike & Ride,” “Bike Barn,” “Cycle Station,” and “Park & Pedal.” You can also write in your suggestion.

The facilities will have 100 bike racks and will be accessed via a smart-card and will be monitored via security camera. Other amenities will include a repair stand, air pump, and a bike accessory vending machine.

For a bit more inspiration, here’s a design rendering of what they might look like (drawing was done in March 2009):

(Drawing: Steve Durrant/Alta Planning + Design)

Take the survey and let us know what you chose in the comments! (I picked “Bike & Ride” because it rolls off the tongue and it’s consistent with their current car parking facility name, Park & Ride).

UPDATE – 5:00pm, 3/4: TriMet planner Colin Maher got in touch to let me know that these new facilities will be monitored by video cameras. That should help quell some of the security fears expressed in many comments below.

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Hart
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Hart

The pedal hutch.

Nick
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Nick

I like Bike & Ride.

Gabriel Nagmay
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“Thieves Delight”

I kid, I kid…

sort of.

John Russell (jr98664)
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While, those aren’t bad, would there be any way we could work together to stuff the ballot with a write-in decidedly more awesome? Even if it wasn’t what they eventually go with, it might be funny to see them considering something humorous. That’s my attempt to give each cyclist a chuckle on their multi-modal commute.

Any suggestions?

A.K.
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A.K.

I like the idea of basic repair items, such as pumps, being available at Transit Centers. However, I don’t think I’d ever be comfortable locking my bike up at any TC, even if it was in a fully-enclosed locker.

trail user
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trail user

bike vault
rail jail
pedal penitentiary
pedal prison
ride and hide
cycle slammer

Psyfalcon
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Psyfalcon

Bike Barn, so that you can keep the Bon Jovi song in your head… “on a steel horse I ride.” A horse needs a barn!

Best case for Steel over Aluminum too…

SkidMark
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SkidMark

Boondoggle? How about Hoodwink?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

One million for three shed?!? O.o

trail user
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trail user

unlock and load (bike thief’s goldmine)
bike and loot
homeless shelter
MAX racks
undercover commuter
bike, outta-site
bike commune
bike shed

are
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“bike parking.” don’t need no cutesy name.

suburban
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PARKING LOT. how’s that for greenwashing? How about an online survey to design a better building?

Aaron
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Aaron

I entered BikePort.

Marcus Griffith
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Marcus Griffith

I went with “Bike and Ride”. Why make naming something any harder than it has to be?

Aaron
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Aaron

Bike and Ride makes no sense, it’d be like calling the Park and Rides Drive and Rides. The “ride” becomes ambiguous as to what its referring to and somebody hearing it the first time would not be immediately likely to actually understand what it is. Bike and Ride sounds like just going out and cycling, not a structure that stores your bike (so you can use transit).

middle of the road guy
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middle of the road guy

Rosa Parks and ride.

Cesar Chavelodrome.

Bob_M
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Bob_M

Tim

Dudes on Ludes
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Dudes on Ludes

Hobo Pee Place
Free Bikes for the Taking
PedalStand

Brian E
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Brian E

Arg, all that just to cover bikes? How embarrassing for cyclist. I wont even try to defend this one when questioned by my tax paying friends.

Paul Souders
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“Bike Barn” is fun and describes the thing.

re: theft: this would be a big improvement safety-wise over the non-facilities currently extant at Sunset TC.

$1mil for 3 barns does seem spendy, unless they’re also acquiring more land. What do 100 parking spaces & similar amenities cost for cars? Do you have more info on the project?

Scott Mizée
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More info in this BikePortland article here: http://bit.ly/MBfPo

My understanding is that the $1 million pays for more than just these three facilities– but also pays for enhancements at stations throughout the TriMet system.

BURR
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BURR

boooooring architecture is not an inspiration

BURR
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BURR

‘structured’ car parking costs something like $20,000.00 per space more or less (that figure is probably a couple years out of date by now)

mac
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mac

“token effort”

Dominic
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Dominic

It is truly difficult to justify these bicycle parking facilities. I felt as though I was living a lie each day I went to work for one.

The beautiful thing about bicycles is that you have front row parking everywhere you go and don’t need to park in some out-of-the-way lot, then walk several blocks to your final destination.

How many hundreds of bike racks could have been installed throughout the city for the cost of this ONE location?

trail user
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trail user

It’s not just one location, it’s three. And the $1 million grant money is not just for the structures, but for signage and other stuff throughout the cities.

I’d prefer to lock my expensive looking road bike to a secure undercover parking area rather than out in the rain and eyed by thieves, as would most people, I’d imagine. If secured bike parking gets more people biking, then it’s worth it.

Alternatively, people could just get a cheap folding bike and bring it on Trimet. I carry a Dahon on the MAX or bus since Bromptons(the most compact folder) are out of my price range.

jim
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jim

end of the trail