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TriMet adds new Beaverton Creek bike parking after Nike bike share takes off

Posted by on July 10th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Beaverton Creek - staple bike racks

Quite a lineup of bike parking near the platform.
(Photos courtesy TriMet)

TriMet has doubled its public bike racks at Beaverton Creek MAX Station after the popularity of Nike’s new corporate bike share system swamped the station’s staples.

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.

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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.

Beaverton Creek - bike lockers

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 bikes@trimet.org.”

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Lenny Anderson
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Not only does Portland’s adidas clothe the German side in the World Cup, but as well it sports an open campus in the city on two bus lines, a major bikeway, just minutes from the MAX Yellow Line. Time for the tax dodging outfit in WA county that provides outfits for that poor Brazilian team, to get with an active transportation program!

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Wow, good deal on the locker parking. I pay $15/month in the Lloyd district.

I wonder when the government is going to get around to giving out tax credits for bike purchases or bike locker expenses. You can get a $7500 credit for buying a Chevy Volt, and it’s not even an electric-only vehicle.

q`Tzal
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q`Tzal

This should happen at all the MAX stations.

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Let’s keep fee-based bike parking on the DL or Steve Novick might get ideas.

Lynne
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Lynne

Bikes at Nike, personal and shared. I used to be a shoe tester, and I’d ride over after work, and lock up in the mostly empty racks. I wondered why no one rode their bikes! Then I got on contract there. No one parks their bikes OUTSIDE. Bikes everywhere inside the buildings, both personal and share bikes.

Champs
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Champs

Come, and they will build it.

Personally, I’m riding 28th now more than ever.

TOM
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TOM

I agree that IF Nike bike use necessitates expansion of the racks , them they should also foot the bill