StreetFilms: Berkeley’s Bikestation

This is the first of three videos StreetFilms will be posting in the coming week about innovative bike parking ideas in the California East Bay Area.

Dave Campbell of the Bicycle-Friendly Berkeley Coalition gives a quick tour of a Bikestation facility in Berkeley — a bicycles actually have their own parking attendant. In a much denser, populated city like New York City, this kind of bike amenity could be implemented at key transit hubs like Penn Station, Grand Central, the Staten Island Ferry and Atlantic Avenue Terminal. 

Where else do Streetsblog readers suggest buildng a station like this?

  • The Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street would be a great place for a bike station.

  • Large corporate buildings should have these in their basements. All the different companies in each building could pitch in a tiny fee to pay for it – must include showers!

  • The Financial District seems like another prime location for this. Many of the buildings do not have secure cycle parking nor do they allow cyclists to take their bikes inside the building. Also, transit hubs outside of Manhattan would be good locations.

  • brooke

    Newark Penn Station, the Hoboken Path station and other commuter rail hubs! On any given day at Newark’s train station, there’s over 50 bikes chained to the iron fence of an adjacent pocket park (which is locked to the public, of course). Cyclists like to park their bikes there because there’s a staffed security booth in sight, which gives them a sense of safety. Why not open up the park, make it more of a destination and formalize secure bike parking??

  • d

    Chicago has something like this at Millennium Park. For a small fee there is bike parking, locker storage, showers, and more. It’s clean, safe, and very popular.

    Battery Park City would be a perfect location for something like this; it’s at the end of the West Side Bike Path and within easy walking distance of the financial district. People could bike from the Upper West Side, park their bikes, and walk the remaining few blocks to work.

  • Alantic Avenue transit hub in Brooklyn, please. And if there’s going to be an arena there, how about bike parking for that too?

  • Clarence,

    How is the bike station funded, both the start-up and the maintenance costs? Do you know?

  • d- there are two very quick shots of the Millennium Park facility right near the end of the video. It as a cold March weekend early so it wasn’t open yet, so I don’t have great video but soon.

    Aaron – I am going to have an expert to chime in, but what I can tell you that I know is that BART pays for most of the operating costs and initial start up. But not all Bikestations are fully funded by transit or governemnt agencies or federal mitagation funds. Some charge a daily parking fee of around $1 or charge monthly for a key card that gives you electronic access that has no permanent human staffer. These more automated stations allow for 24 hour access,

    Even the Berkeley Bikestation makes some money thru repairs and selling accoutrements like locks and helmets.

    Look here for an expert answer soon….and another bike parking video is near ready for posting…

  • Mitch

    Re 5:

    Chicago has something like this at Millennium Park. For a small fee there is bike parking, locker storage, showers, and more. It’s clean, safe, and very popular.

    I visited the Millenium Park BikeStation last summer, and I was astonished to find that they actually offered *free* indoor parking!

    Fee-paying Bikestation members get to park their bikes in a more convenient part of the building, and they get 24-hour access, and showers and lockers, so there are advantages to paying. But free, indoor, secure bike parking, in the heart of a major American city, is a pretty impressive amenity for bikers.

  • John

    Environmental Defense has some excellent info on bike-and-ride commuting facilities. The URL is http://environmentaldefense.org/article.cfm?contentID=2407

    Be sure to check out the slide show depicting Bike-and-Ride stations around the world.

  • crzwdjk

    By the way, a great place to put bikestations is at outer-borough subway stations, especially on the Queens IND line where there are large and mostly unused mezzanines in most stations. That way people could bike and ride, making the subway more accessible while making biking more attractive since people wouldn’t have to deal with Manhattan traffic or bike parking concerns.

  • John

    Bike parking at Rockefeller Center makes sense to me. Gives bike security to the tens of thousands of worker bees in those buildings. On the evenings and weekends makes Times Square and theaters accessible by casual bike directly on a bike route.

    Also, how about within Central Park — uptown on the East Side, making it possible to bike, lock and visit Museum mile for tourists, or play at the ballfields/tennis courts. This one could be open seasonally, since usage would be way down in the winter.

    Soho – though I don’t know exactly where. With a new bike route at Bleecker/Prince, opportunities could appear.

    This is actually a nice idea, not even on the single scale of the Berkeley station — a chain of secure bike parking up and down Manhattan. Giving more options would prevent overcrowding at any single location, and would promote cycling for transportation to non-cyclists.

  • I’ve always thought that you could put a flatbed truck in a little paved area just north of the Met and check people’s bikes while they looked at art.

  • Hi Clarence…thanks for the great interview of Dave in Berkeley!

    As for cost and other information on planning and developing these types of facilities go to:

    http://www.bikestation.org/Development/Development.asp (Contact awhite@bikestation.org)

    And Bikestation staff also helped Los Angeles research and write their bike parking at transit hub manual.

    As for myself…growing up in Morristown and taking the train into the City…NYC would be a great place to have a network of bikestations at major transit hubs and smaller parking facilities with smart bike lockers (www.bikelink.org) at all the old Erie Lackawanna and other stations serving the Hudson ferries in Hoboken, PATH, etc.). Bikestation now is also working with developers about adding bikestations at apartment buildings and at university campuses.

    Todd Boulanger
    Bikestation Board Member
    (Transportation Planner / City of Vancouver)

  • Discussions around NYC bike-transit centers have persisted for years. There have been many locations bandied about, but Penn Station seems to be one of the most persistant. Contact Noah Budnick at Transportation Alternatives for current updates and how to get involved. The push for these types of facilities has to come from the local area, but as Todd said, we can help develop a facility/facilities once the decision has been made to go forward. And again, we have a wealth of information on our website.
    Andrea White
    Executive Director
    Bikestation.org
    562-733-0106

  • In light of the fact the the post office across the street from Penn Station is being renovated as Amtrak’s new train station, now is the time to raise the issue of a bike station in the new train station.

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