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Four schools to get covered “bike shelters”

Posted by on March 18th, 2010 at 11:14 am

Newly installed bike shelter at Boise-Eliot.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is putting a roof over the bike parking at four local schools. The work is being done through PBOT’s Safe Routes to Schools program and construction is set to be completed by the end of April.

One of the new shelters, at Boise-Eliot Elementary School in north Portland is already installed. The three other schools that will get what PBOT calls “bike shelters” are Sacramento Elementary, Lewis Elementary, and Kelly Elementary. These schools prioritized covered bike parking in a detailed engineering report they (and 23 other schools) received through the SRTS program.

According to Gabriel Graff with the City’s Safe Routes to School program, the Shelters cost $11,500 each and were designed and manufactured by Minnesota-based Dero Bike Racks. Graff says, “We hope that safe, protected bike parking will encourage more parents and students to ride their bikes to school whatever the weather.”

Learn more about the City’s Safe Routes to School program here.

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  • borgbike March 18, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Awesome! It seems to make biking inviting and the in thing.

    This is a big improvement over King Elementary which, before the Sunday Farmer’s Market arrived last summer, had a grand total of two bike staples for bike parking for the entire school. It was a little unfortunate that it took the Farmer’s Market to get this school adequate bike parking.

    I posted some photos of the additional bike parking at King School here: http://tinygogo.blogspot.com/2009/06/king-farmers-market-responds-to-bike.html

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  • Scott Mizée March 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    cool to see this. **mind wanders to how to get covered parking at neighborhood Astor K-8 School**

    I think this can have a big effect on kids riding to their neighborhood school.

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  • bikieboy March 19, 2010 at 9:14 am

    kudos to the City’s Safe Routes program for stepping up and providing a crucial part of what’s needed for schools to get kids cycling. It’s really starting to turn around – very encouraging!

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  • jim March 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I’m sure that with some competitive bids the price could be cut dramatically and these could be installed at all schools and other public places

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