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Nowhere to park your bike at Pine Street Market? Help is on the way

Posted by on May 20th, 2016 at 8:04 am

A new market in downtown Portland without bike parking out front? The horror!(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

A new market in downtown Portland without bike parking out front? Say it ain’t so!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)


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Downtown Portland’s most interesting new meal spot could be described as an indoor food cart pod, or maybe a slightly upmarket food court.

But whatever you want to call Pine Street Market, one thing it’s clearly short of is bike parking.

A few weeks ago, when I met a friend there, I resorted to something I’ve never had to do since moving to Portland: locking my bike to the plumbing outside a nearby building.

This is such an odd situation in Portland, which usually excels at commercial bike parking above all else, that it’s been drawing attention:


So we asked the city’s bike parking team what was up. City spokesman John Brady replied on Thursday, saying that instead of adding their own on-site bike parking, Pine Street Market opted for the alternative in city code: paying into the city bike parking fund.

“Usually this would mean the installation of racks on the sidewalk,” Brady wrote in an email. “That didn’t happen in this case because we knew there would be a number of restaurants with café seating. So we are currently working with the building management to install a bike corral. There is also a BIKETOWN station slated for the area. Planning and phasing that mix of on-street bike storage is taking some time.”

So if you’ve got a yen for Israeli street food, bahn mi, fancy soft-serve ice cream, Mexican tapas, or Chicago-style hot dogs, grin and bear with the temporary parking problems. After all, this is what car drivers are choosing to deal with most of the time.

— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – michael@bikeportland.org

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18 Comments
  • Spiffy May 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

    “I resorted to something I’ve never had to do since moving to Portland: locking my bike to the plumbing outside a nearby building.”

    why is that? do you just usually avoid places without real bike parking? or full bike parking? not getting out enough to those hole-in-the-wall places?

    I still frequent places with no bike parking and gas meters are often used…

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  • Spiffy May 20, 2016 at 8:27 am

    “After all, this is what car drivers are choosing to deal with most of the time.”

    sort of… drivers are trying to park something 15x larger than themselves… cyclists are trying to park something 2x larger than themselves…

    by it’s very nature it’s always easier/cheaper to park a bike…

    drivers still have to find an open street spot or parking garage…

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  • Dave May 20, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Abus Bordo “link” locks are very good for locking to oddly shaped structures.

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    • Mao May 21, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Benefit of cable or chain locks over U, weird shaped objects.

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  • patrick May 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Bike corral a block away in front of Stumptown, FYI. Great to hear that there will be one here as well, and a bikeytown station!

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    • Michael Andersen (News Editor)
      Michael Andersen (News Editor) May 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

      WALK A BLOCK FOR PARKING WHAT IS THIS CITY COMING TO

      🙂

      But seriously, people are already attaching bikes to every available appliance during lunchtime rather than walk that block. The issue is more pedestrian clutter than biking experience.

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      • Ted Timmons (Contributor) May 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

        Seems more like a “desire line” or “sneckdown” type issue: support what people are actually doing.

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    • endo May 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      The fact that the city expects cyclists to park a block away and walk tells you everything you need to know about how much the city “supports” cycling. It’s really outrageous that they don’t have decent bike parking with a reasonable distance.

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      • poncho May 21, 2016 at 7:21 pm

        Are you serious?!? Gasp, walk a block from parking? in Downtown?Sometimes some cyclists have the exact mentality of a suburban motorist, its just a bicycle instead of an SUV. Speed over everything else! Nowhere to park!!!

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    • Dwaine Dibbly May 20, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Isn’t Stumptown paying for that corral, though? It really isn’t fair to them if people park there then go somewhere else.

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      • Ted Timmons (Contributor) May 22, 2016 at 2:44 pm

        Businesses pay up to $2600 for a corral. It appears to be entirely negotiable. You can submit the application and just check “no”.

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  • MaxD May 20, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I seriously hope the City will consider placing the Bkeytown stations in the street and not on the sidewalk. Sidewalks are way, way too valuable to be cluttered up with big bike corrals.

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  • ethan May 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

    If one of the parking lanes were converted to a big bike corral, that would make enough room for 100 bikes. Is that enough?

    I don’t think a small 10 bike corral would be nearly enough for this place, but I doubt the city would want to re-purpose the full lane, even though there are multiple parking lots around.

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  • Abide May 20, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for covering this issue. Last week I walked by at lunch time and couldn’t believe the bikes I saw locked to everything within sight. A rather huge oversight not having parking ready for the building opening.

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  • eddie May 21, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Bikes are easier to steal and more likely to be stolen than cars: hence it’s more practical to park one’s bicycle nearby. I always opt to lock up as close as possible. Not to saplings though. Bad for the tree.

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  • Tim Davis May 23, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Great point about Stumptown’s bike corral; it really doesn’t seem fair to them for folks to use their bike corral and then not support the businesses on that block: Stumptown, Bijou Cafe, etc. But an *additional* bike corral directly in front of Pine St Market would be wonderful!

    So, to that end, I wrote a really nice letter to John Brady (john.brady@portlandoregon.gov), offering my enthusiastic support of a bike corral there. This really needs to be installed, regardless of how close to Pine St Market a Biketown station may end up being located. And I pointed out to him that bikes are being locked to everything possible, so a rather large bike corral would definitely be well used–and it would be yet another beautiful people-friendly piece of urban infrastructure! 🙂

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    • Adam H.
      Adam H. May 23, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      It’s free public parking. Stumptown doesn’t own the bike parking in front of their business any more than homeowners own the car parking space in front of their house. That being said, we need more bike corrals everywhere downtown. 🙂

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