The Portland Bureau of Transportation has partnered with Hacienda Community Development Corporation and Andando en Bicicletas y Caminando to build secure bike parking for residents at Hacienda affordable housing communities.
As the Community Cycling Center discovered over a decade ago in their groundbreaking “Barriers to Bicycling” report, fear of bike theft ranks high as a concern for people interested in cycling and secure parking is often nonexistent for Portlanders who live in affordable housing.
Cully neighborhood residents have worked for many years to make progress on this issue and the PBOT pilot program is an exciting step forward.
Recent City of Portland bike parking code changes updated rules to set bike parking standards that are in line with meeting Portland’s goal of having a 25% biking mode share by 2030.
A PBOT press release on the Hacienda secure bike parking project says that the program is designed to meet these new citywide bicycle parking standards. While bike parking at new developments has been designed to meet the code, parking availability at existing apartment buildings was lacking. This was a problem for people in these communities who want to be able to bike for transportation and recreation.
“Lockable, enclosed, and accessible bike parking is often the missing link for many Portlanders needing a low-cost form of transportation and recreation,” the PBOT press release says.
With a project budget of $31,000, PBOT constructed eight new weather-protected large bike lockers and three bike shelters with lockable fences. There are now an additional 54 secure places for people to park their bikes at several Hacienda communities in Portland, and the pilot may inform future projects to implement widespread secure bike parking.
“PBOT is using this pilot to understand what is possible when retrofitting an existing building with lockable and enclosed bike parking that are essential for supporting people using bikes, while still balancing the potential hurdles of implementation for building owners,” the press release says. “Supporting mobility by bike is part of PBOT’s strategic plan to reduce carbon emissions and support a balanced transportation system.”
Any time someone designs locks or bike storage it should be tested in Portland first.
I hope they are secure enough. The blue USPS blue mailbox by my house just got destroyed by someone with a crowbar and an angle grinder. Probably should still use a lock inside. Also good idea to register your bike at Bike Index. Go to http://www.bikeindex.org It’s free to register your bike.
Even much code-compliant new construction has proven to have inadequate and insecure bike parking.
My bike is registered, but it is seldom out of sight. BDS could definitely do better.
7797 city owned and installed bike racks west of 82nd Avenue, 97 east of 82nd.file:///C:/Users/Owner/Desktop/EPIM_10_Year_Anniversary_Project_Status.pdf
PBOT proudly announces that they are building secure bicycle parking spots for only $574 each. ($31000 divided by 54). How long do you think it will take our enterprising bike thieves to cut or pry their way into these things? PBOT repeatedly says they don’t have money for vital safety improvements yet they have $31,000 for this?