(June 5, 2017) Providing places for people to securely lock their bicycles is one small, but important, way that the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) encourages people to ride. PBOT has installed and maintains over 7,000 bike racks throughout the city. We have two new bike parking developments we’re excited to share with you.
PBOT currently has more on-street bike parking spaces than any other North American city – over 2,000! In Portland, we call them “bike corrals,” groups of bike racks installed in place of an auto parking spot. Most of our bike corrals can accommodate 12 to 18 bikes in the place of about two cars.
We want to know how many people are using the bike corrals and we’re hoping the community can help us collect the data. We’ve launched a quick online reporting site where you can tell us how many bikes are parked at a bike corral. The next time you park or see a bike corral please take a few brief moments to tell us how many bikes you see parked. This will help us evaluate how well we’re meeting the community’s bike parking needs. Check out the online reporting site at www.surveymonkey.com/r/bikecorrals and add it to your bookmarks so you’ll be able to quickly report bike corral usage when you are out and about. We’ve had over 150 reports thus far, but we’re aiming for thousands! The more data the better!
PBOT is also pleased to announce our newly updated bike rack design (see picture). The newly designed and fabricated bike racks have additional security features inside and out to make it more difficult for potential thieves to cut through the racks and remove a bike that’s locked. Our partners at Radius Pipe Bending in Junction City, OR manufacture these racks for us. We’ve just got our first shipment, but you’ll be seeing more of them on the streets soon. While we can’t replace all 7,000 of the existing racks with the new design, all new rack installations and any maintenance work will include the updated design.
If you have questions about PBOT’s bike parking program, you can visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/bikeparking or contact Scott Cohen at (503) 823-5345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.