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Nike bike share clogs bike parking at Beaverton Creek station

Posted by on May 9th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Nike’s new corporate bike share system seems to be plenty popular with users of the nearby Beaverton Creek MAX station:

The picture above was taken by a reader, who writes:

Since this program started, that main rack has been totally consumed (pic was taken on a Friday morning 10ish), with evenings so bad that extra orange Nike bikes are either locked to the parking signs or just floating near the rack with front wheel ulocked to the frame.

TriMet spokeswoman Angela Murphy acknowledged the new problem in an email Friday, though she added that it’s “a good problem to have.”

“TriMet is supportive of Nike’s current efforts in promoting bike share as a viable option to make first and last mile connections to transit,” she wrote, informed by a conversation with TriMet active transportation planner Jeff Owen. “We are working together with our partners at Nike to more closely monitor the number of bikes at each MAX light rail station. … We currently have additional bike racks on order, to be delivered in early June, that will provide more bike parking capacity at stations throughout our entire TriMet system, including Beaverton Creek MAX station.”

Murphy also sent a different image of the same rack from last Monday morning:

“Sometimes there are many, sometimes there are few,” she wrote in an email.

Until more racks are installed, of course, the variability of the supply doesn’t improve things much for users of the system. Nobody gets on a bike-share bike thinking that they hope they’ll get lucky when it comes time to park it. They want the parking to be mostly hassle-free on a reliable basis, or at least for problems to happen at predictable times of day.

As we reported on the site last month, TriMet is also a strong contender for a state grant that would create a (presumably paid) long-term bike parking facility at Beaverton Creek MAX station, plus an easy trail connection to Nike’s main campus. If they secure that grant, there’ll be more places to park a bike at the station — at least for those willing to pay a couple cents per hour for the space.

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buny
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buny

Also merlo rd. & 158th… I was wondering what those were. They aren’t really locked up all that well.

Glen
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Glen

Could you find a better example of Bike Share’s value when combined with transit? To all those that think bike share would compete with transit- this picture speaks one-thousand words. Solving for the “last mile” is one of a transit planner’s toughest challenges. Bikes excel at those trips that feel just a little too long to walk.

JV
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JV

Bikes parking packed by transit is exactly the right problem to have. It sounds like perhaps Nike needs to do some balancing or active management of the bikes, not just letting the users do it organically, but the problem will be solved by more racks. Visit most European cities and you will see lots of chaotic, improvised bike parking near the train stations: a sign of success!

Scott Mizee
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Scott Mizee

These pictures illustrate the challenge of actively balancing a bike share system. I’m glad to see that it is being used for trips to and from the Max.

I DO hope that TriMet doesn’t add to the capacity by installing more wave racks. This world would be a better place if no more wave racks are ever installed.

wsbob
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wsbob

Ten bikes isn’t much of a show of popularity. A hundred, or several hundred bikes would be saying something. Like the number of bikes routinely parked in the parking lot for bikes at the base of the tram in Portland. It’s Nike’s employee bike share system, and accordingly, for the overflow on existing bike racks its’ system is producing, Nike should be providing bike racks for their bikes.

007
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007

The type of bike rack shown should be made obsolete. I can’t believe they’re still being used. They are worthless if you want to lock your rear wheel unless an end piece is available. Get rid of these dinosaurs.

Lenny Anderson
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Lenny Anderson

How much did Nike make last year? and the year before that ? And TriMet is waiting for a grant, of public funds I presume, to add bike parking and improve the path to Nike?
Come on, Nike, show the way, and get it done! We know you fought like hell to avoid becoming “citizens” of Beaverton to avoid their taxes, but come on! Just Do It!

rico
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rico

If Nike would pay taxes, maybe Trimet wouldn’t have to hope for a state grant to build facilities for them.

Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

Can one be certain that those bicycles are not used by players at the adjacent cricket pitch?

Howzat?

GlowBoy
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GlowBoy

Another thing for Nike bikeshare users to remember is that the company leases a number of the buildings at the Millikan office park, 3 of which are directly across the empty field from the Beaverton Creek station. Nike workers with the time to walk across the field can also park at those racks instead of leaving the bikes at the MAX station.

Joe
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Joe

Nike ahhhh…. this looks like a park n ride lol why not put more racks on campus? 😉 BTW I noticed this before story hit on BP.

wsbob
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wsbob

Yesterday, about 5pm, I rode by the Merlo Rd station. There again, the Trimet bike share rack was near full, 8 or so, of Nike bike share bikes.

Question I have, is what exact type of use has brought them there, and for how long. Wondering whether this is day shift workers riding from the campus to the station to go home for the night, leaving the bikes locked there overnight. I’ll guess it’s a 15-20 minute walk from the center of the Nike campus to this station.

was carless
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was carless

This is such a nuisance! Obviously Beaverton or Trimet needs to pass a law making it illegal for Nike employees to lock their bikes to the *public* bike racks. Those aren’t for corporations to take over!

Andy K
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Andy K

They’re hard to miss. I saw one of these bikes at someone’s house. People are riding them home!