Lloyd District developers plan for free 12-hour bike valet and on-site bike shop

Posted by on November 17th, 2014 at 10:50 am

It’d be the second permanent bike valet in Portland.
(Rendering: GBD Architects)

The 657-apartment project opening next year in the Lloyd District will include an on-site bike valet that’ll be free to all residents and workers in the area, developers said last week.

Other bike amenities at Hassalo on Eighth, which sits between 7th and 9th Avenues and Multnomah and Holladay streets, will include showers, multiple bike repair stations, a vending machine for replacement bike parts, a bike wash station, a special parking area for cargo or recumbent bikes and a charging station for electric bikes.

It’s the most impressive combination of residential bike-related amenities we’ve yet seen in Portland, probably rivaled only by the Central Eastside Lofts, which last year introduced the city’s first bike wash station and has some other similar features.

Most of the amenities will be in a “bike hub” below the existing office building at Northeast 7th and Multnomah. The facility will be accessible by keycard and the driveways leading into the basement garage, as well as by elevator from the lobby above. Though design decisions aren’t made yet, GBD Architects has subcontracted with an Austrialian company specializing in bike parking to come up with a concept:

Wade Lange, the local executive for developer American Assets Trust, said Monday that the company’s goal is to create a ground-level bike shop that would also serve as the staging area for valet bikes. Lange said the bike valet would probably share staff with the garage’s car valet, and that his working assumption is that the bike valet will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

It’s not yet clear whether it’d be possible to get a bike in or out of the valet outside operating hours.

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For bike users, the benefits of a valet would include time savings — Lange hopes that eventually valet workers will be able to accept and return bikes at surface level, ferrying them in and out of the bike hub in an elevator. The valet would also reduce theft and make bike parking more space-efficient.

“We recognize the need and the marketability of having bicycle access,” Lange said.

In addition to the 1,000 or more residents expected to live in the three new buildings, the city blocks adjacent to Hassalo on Eighth employ 9,000 people, including hundreds of occasional or frequent bike commuters. Lange said the bike hub would be open to Lloyd District workers, too.

Here’s a working floor plan of the basement-level “bike hub”:

I asked Lange whether he had any plans for preventing something we’ve heard about in many of Portland’s bike-friendly apartment buildings: people who rarely use their bikes hogging the prime bike parking spaces.

The tallest of Hassalo on Eighth’s three
new buildings will be 21 stories.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Lange said there are no plans to charge for prime spaces, but that the apartment management company would help people choose bike parking spaces based on a sort of entrance interview with every tenant.

“When they move in, we’ll talk to them about their bicycle needs,” Lange said.

Lange’s plans for an on-site bike shop are vaguer at this point, in part because they await remodeling work required on the existing office building.

The valet would give the Lloyd District the second permanent bike valet service in the Portland area, after the Go By Bike valet and shop at Oregon Health and Science University, and certainly one of the largest such services in North America.

“The whole purpose is to let the Lloyd District use the bike hub,” Lange said.

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    Patrick Barber November 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

    When I see the words “Cargo Bike Parking” on a developer’s floor plan, I do not fear for the future of the human race.

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    Adam H. November 17, 2014 at 11:36 am

    This is awesome! Time for PBOT to beef up the bicycle access in the Lloyd and add cycle tracks.

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      Todd Hudson November 17, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Banfield bike bridge! Banfield bike bridge!

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    John Lascurettes November 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Love that they’re trying out the bike valet thing. I wish them success. I know it would be attractive to me visiting the neighborhood.

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  • kiel johnson
    kiel johnson November 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    YES!!!! hopefully the valet can link up with people using the mall and the grocery store.

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    spare_wheel November 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    and there are plans for showers facilities! if these are free of charge for non-residents, i expect this facility is going to have a positive impact on bike mode share in the lloyd district.

    showers are important for the many portland commuters that mix transportation with exercise (by riding fast on non-upright bikes – :p).

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      gutterbunnybikes November 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      In other articles on this project, the valet is free… Showers and lockers not so much.

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    Dwaine Dibbly November 18, 2014 at 5:30 am

    An “Australian company specializing in bike parking”?!? That looks like a pretty crappy rack.

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      Adam H. November 18, 2014 at 9:39 am

      It’s probably upside-down.

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  • John Liu
    John Liu November 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I’m not sure, but I think (and hope) that bike rack design is meant for a valet service, where dense bike storage and quick access is more important than locking, because the facility isn’t accessible to the general public. I agree that if secure locking is a criteria, that design fails miserably, since the only lock accommodated is a cable, and those are easily cut.

    I am really encouraged to see the Hassalo on Eighth developer is intent on building a forward-thinking, highly desirable project. They are setting an example that other apartment developers should follow. After all, the housing shortage in Portland will eventually ease, and then the best apartment developments will sustain their rental rates and occupancy, while the ugly, barebones buildings that were hastily thrown up . . .

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      Greg November 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      the ugly barebones buildings will still be rented, just like the ugly American Property Management buildings from the 70s are still rented.

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    Chris Shaffer November 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I don’t understand why they are “eventually” hoping to use an elevator to provide service at street level. Shouldn’t that be designed in at the beginning? Why would you intentionally leave part of the design for later when you’re building from scratch?

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