As part of a $49 million renovation project at their Interstate Avenue facility, the City of Portland Water Bureau now offers its employees and visitors a covered bike parking facility.
The new parking area is covered and has 21 staple-style racks — that’s room for a minimum of 42 bicycles. From what I could see (peering over the gate from Interstate Avenue right where it joins with northbound Larrabee), the racks look well spaced. An employee I ran into who happens to be well-educated about bike racks, said he was concerned that standard hex bolts were used to fasten the racks to the ground, instead of anti-theft bolts. Here are a few more images:
A Water Bureau spokesperson says about 320 employees work in these buildings on Interstate, which houses the agency’s maintenance, construction, and operations facilities. During the Bike Commute Challenge last fall, the Water Bureau came in fifth place out of 56 agencies in their category. 52 employees logged a total of 725 commutes and rode a total of 7,833 miles. 21 employees notched a 100 percent bike commute rate during the challenge month.
In addition to the bike parking, this project also includes a solar array, an eco-roof, and many water and energy conservation measures.
Water Bureau employees also have areas inside the building where bicycles can be parked.
— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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