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Vancouver (WA) gets on-street bike parking — UPDATED

Posted by on March 12th, 2010 at 8:25 am

New on-street bike corral.
(Photo: Jennifer Campos/City of Vancouver)

Back in October, we brought you news of an on-street bike parking facility that was planned for installation on Main Street in Vancouver, Washington (just a short hop over the Columbia River, north of Portland).

I’m happy to report that it has been installed! Leah Jackson, owner of Angst Gallery — which is adjacent to the new bike parking — sent in this photo:

(Photo: Leah Jackson)

The new bike corral is located on the east side of Main Street, just south of W 11th Ave. More information about bicycling in Vancouver here.

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24 Comments
  • Elena March 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

    This is great news! Thanks to Leah and other bike advocates in Vancouver for the hard work they do raising bike awareness and accessibility. It will be interesting to see how the infrastructure has grown in five or ten years, especially after (if?) the new I-5 bridge is completed.

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  • Paul Johnson March 12, 2010 at 10:13 am

    This is awesome news. But I’m surprised in “We’re Not Portlandâ„¢, We Hate Everything That Moves Us Forward!” Fort Vancouver.

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  • Marcus Griffith March 12, 2010 at 10:25 am

    The bike stall has a bike logo now (the photo was taken before it was painted).

    Paul Johnson (2): Have you ever been to Vancouver?

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  • Paul Johnson March 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Marcus #3: Yes, I worked for a Fort Vancouver-area company for two years near WA500 and Andresen, and another one in the same area for two years before that. Hence my surprise.

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  • Paul Johnson March 12, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Marcus #3: Yes, I worked for a Fort Vancouver-area company for two years near WA500 and Andresen, and another one in the same area for two years before that. Hence my surprise. Also, big difference between Fort Vancouver, which is the skanky version of North and Northeast Portland on the other side of the river, and Vancouver, where the Olympics were just held.

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  • Another Dan March 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Can’t we have a discussion of biking infrastructure in Clark County without all the snarkasm?

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  • Michael M. March 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    It sounds a bit funny to read “in Vancouver, Washington (just a short hop over the Columbia River, north of Portland)” on a local blog. I mean, who doesn’t know that already? I guess it is much of this blog’s far-flung readership, who might be unaware that the ‘Couv is entirely different from that other city that hosted the Olympics recently.

    That’s no snark on Vancouver (WA or B.C.) nor on the article. It just sounds funny. Sometimes, clarity does end up seeming somewhat odd.

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  • paul March 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    can we get a photo with updatad logo on it. When I first saw the image, I tought it looked to stark. The bike corral doesn’t seem differentiated (color-wise) enough from the travel lane for my comfort level.

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  • matthew v March 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    what another dan said.

    many thanks to leah, jennifer, terri and all involved in making this happen. hopefully we’ll have another bike corral in uptown village soon as well.

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  • jennifer March 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Glad to see it’s finally installed. Can’t wait to park my bike there.

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  • Leah March 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Just sent a new photo to jonathan with the bike stencil.
    Thanks to Portland for setting the example and thanks to those in the Couve who support alternative transportation ideas.
    This is just the beginning…..

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  • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) March 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    thanks Leah… just updated the story with two new photos… yours and another one from a different angle taken by Jennifer Campos from City of Vancouver.

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  • Paul Johnson March 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Dan #6: Who was being snarkastic? I was being as serious as a heart attack. Fort Vancouver’s kind of got a room-temperature IQ, reptilian brained-driver thing going on.

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  • amber March 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Why does talking about Vancouver (WA)bring out the hate from Portland? Did Vancouver steal Portland’s cake as a kid or something?

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  • Joe Adamski March 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    the space in front of Angst Gallery is a good choice, and I welcome its installation. At the same time, there are so many other locations where a corral or at least on sidewalk parking for bikes would be a great idea. Especially needed are the areas around coffee shops,resturants,etc. Installations in these areas would promote the businesses in their proximity, and encourage more bike trips as opposed to driving.

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  • Ted Buehler March 12, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Nice work Leah, Jennifer, and others. Special kudos for being part of the leading pack of cities that aren’t necessarily known for bicycling leading the way in adopting new infrastructure designs.

    The location is good, right outside the Kiggens Theater — previously there was only space for 2 bikes on the whole block face. Want to go to the movies? You can now park your bikes right outside the front door even if other people decide to bike too.

    Next, Woody’s Tacos?

    Ted Buehler

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  • matthew v March 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    ted #16, next is by mon ami in the uptown village. it may be a bit harder to get installed as i think it involves eliminating a parking space.

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  • Joe Adamski March 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Theres concern about eliminating a parking space? As if downtown Vancouver HAD a parking problem. Their problem is to encourage as many customers down there as possible.. and if replacing half the car parking to convert to bike would do it, they should. But they can make modest first steps that would enjoy great benefits.

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  • Todd Boulanger March 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Good job Vancouver!

    And remember…’no car parking was harmed during this process’.

    Instead the overall parking capacity of this block face was increased 100% for all vehicles. đŸ˜‰

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  • Eric March 14, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Simple Math:
    Vehicle Parking Gain: 8 (2 per rack)
    Motor Vehicle Parking Loss: 0
    Net Gain: 8

    Todd (#19) are you back from overseas already? Thought you would be gone longer. Welcome back.

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  • Marcus Griffith March 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    any word of if uptown vancouver is set to get an on-street bike rack (or am i jumping the gun)?

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  • carye bye March 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    ha I parked in the rack this weekend, and didnt think anything of it! I guess I’m so used to bike parking corrals in Portland, that I now am starting to take them for granted….

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  • Dabby March 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

    My comment here did not appear?????

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  • WMS August 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    There is some uptown Vancouver bike parking over by the Starbucks, near the Trimet station.

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