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Published on January 25th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Parking For 1,200 Bikes Offered In Portland Apartment Complex

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January 25th, 2014 by
 

Originally published on Gas2.

bike-apartment-2“Keep Portland Weird” is the battlecry of America’s oddest metro area, though Portland has managed to be on the cutting edge of trends like organic foods and biking to work. To accommodate Portland’s bike-loving citizenry, a new downtown apartment complex across the river from downtown will have a record-breaking 1,200 parking spots for private bikes.

In a city where owning a car is seen as a necessary evil at best, bicyclists have earned quite a bit of sway with both the private and public sector. While Portland offers a world-class public transit system and there is even a Tesla Model S taxi service, most of the citizenry still prefer to pedal through Portland. In addition to having some of the best bike lanes and bike-friendly laws in America, local businesses have seen fit to cater to the cycling crowd. This includes the new Hassalo on Eighth apartment complex in Portland’s commercially-thriving Lloyd District, which will have four different buildings, each with plenty of bicycle parking.

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Two of the buildings will have street-level parking, and a third will have bike parking in the basement. The fourth building will have bike parking on residential floors, while not forcing residents to live with their primary mode of transportation. There will even be a bicycle valet service, for those of you too lazy to park for yourself. While Portland building codes require 1.5 bicycle parking sports for every resident anyways, going the extra mile and setting a world record in the meantime still sets a good example for other builders. The next-largest bike storage facility in North America only fits about 800 bicycles, making the Portland complex the larger by about a third.

For city dwellers tired of lugging their ride up five flights of stairs or using precious closet space to store your bike, salvation is at hand.

Source: Inhabitat

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  • Green Globe

    Good for Portland! I’ll be moving to Salt Lake City from Southern California and I would like to see SLC turn into a bicycle friendly community like Portland so I can enjoy my Konas even more! SLC has accomplished a lot for cyclists but more is needed.

    -Cheers.

  • EVVantuckian

    Driving a Leaf in downtown PDX will be even more harrowing. A good many of these bikers don’t follow the traffic laws…

  • TedKidd

    I love this, but what TYPE of bike parking?

    The type of acceptable/secure parking for my winter beater is not the same as I’d want for my carbon road bike, or my S Works Mountain bike…

  • Benjamin Nead

    All this is very good, but why is there a resistance to simply bring the bicycles inside the living quarters? We keep our bikes inside the house. My wife and son (who don’t ride as much as I do) keep theirs hanging on a vertical metal rack, which takes up almost no floor space. But they’re still easy to access at a moments notice. Racks like this could also work well for apartment dwellers. My bike is parked on the floor right next to them in a simple tire rack that keep it upright. Storing the bikes inside keeps them clean, dry, rust-free and away from thieves. I also have an employer who lets me keep my bike inside, next to my desk, during work hours (realizing that I’m a lucky minority in that regard,)

    When I have to perform maintenance on them or have a particularly messy job (repack wheel bearings with new grease or clean internal parts with smelly solvents, etc,), I’ll probably choose to do that on the back porch on a nice sunny weekend afternoon. But I’ve also been known to spread old newspapers on the living room tile floor some evenings (when I typically have most of my free time) to quickly oil the chain, adjust the brakes or wipe road dirt off the frame. Cleanup is quick and easy, if the bike is relatively clean to begin with.

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