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First look inside the new 600-space Lloyd Cycle Station

Posted by on June 1st, 2016 at 1:33 pm

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The Lloyd Cycle Station is open for business.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

A key piece of the decades-long vision for the Lloyd District came into focus this morning when the Lloyd Cycle Station – and its 600 secure bike parking spaces – opened to the public.

We shared the lowdown on the the Cycle Station earlier this month and today I attended the grand opening. To refresh your memory this facility is part of the Hassalo on Eighth development that has arisen on a former surface parking lot on the 700 block of NE Multnomah. There are three new buildings in this development and they all strongly encourage a low-car lifestyle among their tenants. Along with an adjacent MAX light rail line and one of Portland’s best protected bike lanes (on NE Multnomah), Hassalo residents now have their choice of 1,200 bike parking spaces. Compare that to just 328 auto parking spaces and you can see why car ownership is only optional here.

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Wade Lange with American Assets Trust,
the company that owns and manages Hassalo on Eighth.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Before the ribbon was cut this morning, American Assets Trust Vice President Wade Lange said, “Our architects took a code requirement [for bike parking] and turned it into infrastructure that’s unparalleled in North America.”

Lange, whose company owns and manages the Hassalo project (and many other buildings in the district), said he hopes everyone who works, lives, or bikes in the Lloyd will take advantage of the new Cycle Station. It’s open to members 24-hours a day and it offers free self-service bike repair, showers (for you and your bike!), locker rooms, towel service, valet (during business hours), a snack vending machine, and even a small lounge with chairs and a television.

Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat also spoke at the event. She said the Cycle Station reminds her of similar facilities in Copenhagen and other world-class biking cities in Europe. “We’re going through rapid growth in Portland, and people want to move here for our cycling infrastructure… This development will play a huge role in that culture shift,” she said. Treat also added that this type of bike parking is complementary to the growth in cycling that will come with the launch of bike share next month and new cycle tracks she plans to build throughout the city.

For U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, being on hand at this morning’s opening was a chance to reflect on the past. As a Portland city commissioner in the 1990s, Blumenauer recalled then Mayor Bud Clark asking him, “What are we going to do with the Lloyd District?” “A few years ago this was several acres of concrete,” Blumenauer said today. The Hassalo project and the Lloyd Cycle Station, he added, “are emblematic of how we want to develop as a community.” Blumenauer said getting more people to use bicycles is a “secret weapon” to reduce congestion and to make housing more affordable.

And judging by the quality of the Cycle Station it shouldn’t take too much arm-twisting to encourage bike use.

Once you roll onto the plaza on the ground floor you are whisked underground by a glass elevator. A ramp then leads you into the entrance of the Cycle Station where glass sliding doors swoosh open automatically. You can either roll directly into the bike racks or swing by the repair station to tighten a few bolts. A foot-activated air pump is also available for use. If you need to catch up on the news and chill after or before your ride, you can plop down into a big chair, put your feet up and watch some TV.

If you don’t want to hassle with anything, a valet parking attendant will meet you in the lobby upstairs and hand you a tag for your bike that you can pick up after your visit.

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The very nice plaza above.
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The elevator to the Cycle Station.
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The entrance from the parking garage.
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Air pump for your tires that you use with your foot.
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The doors swoosh open automatically as you approach – just like in Star Wars Trek.
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Inside the men’s locker room.

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Shower stall.
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High ceilings and artwork add to the luxurious feel.
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There are touches of bike-inspired art everywhere.
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There are all types of racks, including ones on the ground that you don’t have to lift your bike up for. There are also spots for cargo and oversized bikes.
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A clean bike is a happy bike.
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Park bike and chill.
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Trevor Tompkins is one of the bike valet attendants who’s ready to park your bike for you.

Before I left I ran into Lange again. I ribbed him about the Go By Bike comparison. There are a lot of transportation options in the Lloyd District I joked, but South Waterfront also has the aerial tram so they have the Lloyd beat. “Well,” Lange quickly replied, “We’re going to get that bridge on 7th over I-84. The city wants to make 7th Avenue a bike street — just imagine going through into the central eastside. It’ll be huge!”

A grand vision of the Lloyd District as the most people-friendly, low-car zone in the entire city is alive and well.

Disclaimer: Hassalo on Eighth is a BikePortland advertiser.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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mw
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mw

jesus, that’s amazing

Jack
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Jack

More places need a bike wash station! Wish my complex had one.

Kiel Johnson (Go By Bike)
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kiel johnson

happy to have some competition!

canuck
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canuck

The doors open like Star Trek, not Star Wars.

I worked for a company that had indoor bike storage, repair area, and wash area. Lockers and showers as well They also paid you based on how many miles you rode to work, that money was credited to a gift card that could be used in the cafe, or banked for employee purchase of goods. They also pushed car pooling, reserving all close in parking spaces for car pools. Purchased all green power, as well as putting solar panels on the roof. Also owned a few acres where they built some amazing single track 5 minutes ride from the office.

Gotta say lloyd cycle station ranks up there with some of the best.

Dan A
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Dan A

I’ve been using it for a month. It is indeed super sweet.

Adam
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Looks like a nice facility.

Ted Timmons (Contributor)
Editor

So, what’s nearby? I’ll use it if there’s an excuse (food, coffee, etc).

Spiffy
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love the sprockets embedded in the counters… reminds me of the bar at Vita Cafe…

Allan Rudwick
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Allan Rudwick

will the lack of roll-up access be a problem? I wonder if the elevator will be perceived as a barrier that the tram’s bike valet doesn’t have

Lenny Anderson
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Lenny Anderson

Its great to see the new housing development in Lloyd with such a bike focus. And, its on the MAX line (Red, Blue & Green), but remember that station opened in 1986! What opened much more recently is the eastside Streetcar line on 7th (A Line) with a stop right at the front door of Hassalo on 8th. The protected bike lanes on 7th were upgraded as part of the Streetcar project and soon, we hope, will be extended across I-84 on the “Blumenauer Bike/Ped Bridge!”

Todd Boulanger
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Congrats! to the American Assets Trust and the Lloyd District TMA [and the City] on a job well done…the bar has been raised for the US!! (I will have to come in for a visit.)

Looks like I see the free-standing wall racks and the cool foot pump made by Urban Racks too…

Todd Boulanger
VP of Operations and Design
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360-852-9177

PS. …someone remind me…I think this project created more bike parking spaces than there were car parking spaces in the old mid-century parking garage and lot that used to be on site.

El Biciclero
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El Biciclero

We have racks exactly like this in the bike cage at my office building, and I’ve found that it is very rare that two adjacent hooks (one high, one low) can ever be used simultaneously without bumping shifters, especially if one bike has wide flat bars. These racks need a second horizontal bar about a foot above the other one. Bikes hung on the lower racks rest their rear tires on the existing bar, keeping them vertical; but bikes hung on the upper hooks swing through the open space so their handlebars pivot far enough downward to interfere with the handlebars on an adjacent bike. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you view it), our racks are never over half full, so there is no need to use adjacent hooks. Has anyone noticed this problem in this facility?

maccoinnich
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What the “very nice plaza” looked 5 years ago, from almost the same angle:

https://goo.gl/maps/FeSJ7jeVZC12

Adam
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Adam

Is the bike parking free or fee-based? If I were running into the Lloyd Center for an hour, would this be a good place to park? I’m assuming valet-service means tipping.

Not against that, more curious.

OKC Electrician
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This is such a neat idea! I love the idea of a bike wash station!!!

Adam
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Is all the bike storage vertical? Not everyone can lift their bikes up that high. What about space for bikes with long wheelbases? Is there storage for cargo bikes and bakfietsen, as well?

Pedal PT
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This looks great! I want one of those foot pedal pumps!

Lance L.
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Lance L.

So this bikeroom actually replaced their formerly FREE room(with keycard access to boot) with this fancy one and now they get to charge everyone monthly annual fees and NOW they are bike friendly yay!

If you work in an adjacent Lloyd building(I do), you also get to pay $15 monthly on top of the $20 annual registration yay! If you don’t work in any Lloyd towers be ready to pay at least the $200, plus more if you want to use anything other than the racks to lock up. On top of this the Lloyd buildings discourage locks being left on racks overnight.

So previously I was biking to work for free and had a secure lockup indoors(not common, I know, and I appreciated it!). Lloyd’s program says to me: Pay up sucker, otherwise, good luck commuting with your lock(s) and here’s your middle finger(ok, maybe it just feels that way).