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Old 02-16-07, 09:19 PM   #1
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Planned bike hub is a tip of the helmet to commuters

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Planned bike hub is a tip of the helmet to commuters
Parking - A 16-story office tower to be built downtown will offer cycle storage, showers and lockers

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Friday, February 16, 2007
FRED LEESON
This could take some of the sweat out of Portland's growing peloton of bicycling commuters:
A new downtown office building to rise on a surface parking lot at Southwest First Avenue and Main Street is the first to feature a "bicycle hub," offering 933 square feet of indoor storage for 34 bikes, showers and lockers.
The 16-story tower, being developed by Equity Office Properties Trust, based in Chicago, and Gerding/Edlen of Portland, will offer the perks to earn a square footage bonus allowed by downtown development regulations.
Bike riders may work in the new building or other downtown locations, according to the tentative plan. It would be the first office tower greeting riders as they enter Portland off the Hawthorne Bridge, which during summer peaks carries 5,500 daily bike trips.
But the cyclists' bennies will not be free. "As I understand it, these operate for a fee," said Richard Dobrot, one of the building's architects.
Roger Geller, bicycle coordinator for the Portland Office of Transportation, said the new building would be the first here offering bike amenities to its own tenants as well as employees in other buildings. He said some large employers provide secure parking and showers for their own employees.
In addition, Bike Central, a Portland cooperative, offers secure parking and showers at two Portland private athletic clubs.
The developers have yet to hire an operator to run the bike hub. Bike repair and sales of bicycle-related gear could become part of the setup, too.
Portland's downtown development regulations offer bonuses for desired uses in various locations, including housing, rooftop gardens, retail space, decorative fountains and public art.
The new tower, which the Portland Design Commission approved Thursday, takes advantage of a "locker room bonus option" to encourage bicycling. The rules allow an extra 40 square feet of building space for each square foot devoted to the locker bonus.
In this case, the bonus amounts to 37,320 square feet, or nearly an entire floor on a downtown-sized block.
Of course, the bike is not yet king. Three basement levels in the tower will hold 294 parking stalls.
Fred Leeson: 503-294-5946; fredleeson@news.oregonian.com
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That is awesome.
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I'd like to see more of this in urban, downtown areas. One of the biggest pains when I had to work in Key Tower in downtown Cleveland was finding a secure place to park my bike and having to have a club membership to have access to a shower or locker.
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On the flip side here in San Diego the last three companies I have worked for provided showers and some form of secure bike storage...

In two cases, they were lockable individual bike lockers.

Amazing how much room is devoted to auto parking... yet one single auto parking space could probably house 8 bikes.
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I saw that today in the paper. That would've been nice about 5 years ago when I worked downtown near where that bike hub will be and had to take a sponge bath in the restroom and lock my bike to a post in the parking garage.
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It would sure take some of the pressure off the bike rack congestion downtown. I really dont travel far enough to need a shower, but I've got some coworkers for whom this is barrier #1 to bike commuting.
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great! my place of employment has bought the building next door and they say they are going to put in a gym and showers for us... we'll see. that will come in handy in the summertime.
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I can only dream of bicycle friendly office towers here in Miami. The weather is perfect for bicycle commuting all year round, but Miami is so backward in its thinking it will never happen.

Miami is all about crass consumer vanity. Everyone has to have a flashy, expensive car and drive around everywhere to show it off. The mindset here is that only the homeless or very poor immigrant laborers ride bicycles.
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I can only dream of bicycle friendly office towers here in Miami. The weather is perfect for bicycle commuting all year round, but Miami is so backward in its thinking it will never happen.

Miami is all about crass consumer vanity. Everyone has to have a flashy, expensive car and drive around everywhere to show it off. The mindset here is that only the homeless or very poor immigrant laborers ride bicycles.
Miami needs a shower on every street corner so that you can get anywhere without becoming a sweaty pig (without sitting in a/c the whole time)

During my time spent in South Beach, I saw quite a few cyclists who looked like very normal people using bikes for transportation. Seemed like a nice place to ride a bike if you didn't mind arriving sweaty.

(This post says nothing about bike parking or accomodations for commuters in the city, which I know little/nothing about in regards to either topic)
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They should change the ratio of parking facilities to 290 cars, 60 bikes, and 150 lockers. The lockers should be vented so clothes and towels could air over the day. If there is a bike shop nearby they could operate repair/parts business at the hub during rush hours.
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Miami needs a shower on every street corner so that you can get anywhere without becoming a sweaty pig (without sitting in a/c the whole time)

During my time spent in South Beach, I saw quite a few cyclists who looked like very normal people using bikes for transportation. Seemed like a nice place to ride a bike if you didn't mind arriving sweaty.

(This post says nothing about bike parking or accomodations for commuters in the city, which I know little/nothing about in regards to either topic)
Yeah, on the beach a lot of people ride bikes because parking and traffic is almost as bad as New York city so its hard to keep a car there.
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We've got one of these now in downtown Santa Barbara but I have yet to hear about anybody using it. They really should put in something like this in every business park development. Downtown areas aren't the only places in need of decent bike parking and showers for employees.

What's the fee for using this facility?
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What's the fee for using this facility?
It hasn't been built yet, so they haven't determined fees at this point.
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