When real estate developers dream about bike parking

How developers dream in Portland

When real estate developers foresee on-street bike parking in the future, you know we’ve hit a tipping point.

The other day while riding in northwest Portland, I came across a commercial building that was for sale and under construction. There were signs on the building from the real estate broker trying to entice potential buyers. What grabbed my eye was a mock-up of what the new building could look like when it’s done.

The image included an on-street bike parking corral.

Portland’s bike corral program has been a big success. At last count they have well over 80 corrals installed in all corners of the city — from dense downtown streets to quieter commercial areas in the inner suburbs.

It seems to me that when the dreams of real estate developers include on-street bike parking; we’ve come a heck of a long way.

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Matt O'Toole
9 years ago

A lot of real estate developers would like to do a better job, but are constrained by city codes that require so many car spaces per square foot, etc., and no encouragement for bike parking.

Spiffy
Spiffy
9 years ago
Reply to  Matt O'Toole

which developments are required to have car parking?

right now there’s a huge backlash over mixed use retail/residential buildings being built with no car parking…

Sarah Figliozzi
9 years ago
Reply to  Matt O'Toole

Short and long term bicycle parking is a requirement for all new (and most redeveloped) buildings.

K'Tesh
K'Tesh
9 years ago

Beauty! 😀

Joe
Joe
9 years ago

sweetness

9watts
9watts
9 years ago

And note the bike-rickshaw on the left.

Spiffy
Spiffy
9 years ago

fixie rider in flannel – check!
dog wearing a coat – check!
bicycle taxi – check!
green outside and in – check!
bike parking – check!
braille curb cuts – check!
retro streetlamp styling – check!

welcome to Portland!