In May, we shared the news that bike parking at the light rail stop was sometimes being overwhelmed by the red bikes now being used by the sportswear maker’s workers as they headed to and from the company’s nearby headquarters.
TriMet active transportation planner Jeff Owen sent a note today with the good news that TriMet responded to these concerns June 30 by adding 6 new bike racks (which comes out to 12 new spaces) to the rail platform area.
Another 12 parking spots remain in TriMet’s nearby key-locker parking. According to TriMet’s website, at least one of those lockers is available. TriMet charges $25 every six months for private locker rental.
It’s great to see bike share helping improve the transit connection to Nike, whose millions of dollars in payroll taxes are a hugely important source of revenue for TriMet but which has struggled to reduce its employees’ reliance on car commuting, in part because it’s worked so hard to keep its operations on a closed suburban campus surrounded by parking lots. This is exactly the sort of “last mile” link that bike share systems are best at — a perfect way to quickly move people from transit stops to their destinations despite car-oriented suburban environments.
“We always welcome ideas and feedback on bike parking at transit stations,” Owen writes. “The best way to reach us is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Michael Andersen was news editor of BikePortland.org from 2013 to 2016 and still pops up occasionally.