“Bike Corral” Now Available to Public at 9 Commercial Street

Bike Corral Now at 9 Commercial Street.

Bike Corral Now at 9 Commercial Street.

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,169)

The city’s first “bike corral” was installed this morning at 9 Commercial Street between CREMA Coffee Company and Rosemont Market & Bakery.  This corral is part of a pilot project to assess bike corrals and the role they might play in the city’s transportation system to address the increasing need for bicycle parking.  The space is now available for public bike parking and can hold up to 10 bicycles securely in the space of one motor vehicle.

A bike corral is on-street bicycle parking consisting of a collection of bicycle racks and other safety components including high visibility bollards and parking curbs.  Decorative aspects such as potted plants can also be added for visual interest and customization.   For the purposes of this pilot program, the corral will be located in a loading zone.  The corral will be removed ahead of the winter season to ensure access for snow removal.

“The space in front of CREMA Coffee Company and Rosemont Market provides the City an excellent opportunity to demonstrate a bike corral in a highly visible location in front of businesses with a customer base that bicycles a lot bu lack bicycle parking,” said Bruce Hyman, the City’s Bicycle and Pedesterain Program Coordinator.
“The businesses have agreed to take ownership of the maintenance of the corrals as well during the demonstration, a key aspect of the program and in selection of this location.”

While the city continues to install boke hitches that can hold two bikes, bikes are still consistently locked to street lights, benches, street trees, parking meters and fences sometimes constraining passing widths for pedestrians and persons with disabilities.  The pilot bike corral program is intended to transform underutilized street space to more functional uses in business districts that currently lack enough bike parking according to a press release  issued by Jessica Grondin, Director of Communications for the City of Portland.

Another corral will be temporarily placed at Speckled Ax at 567 Congress Street as part of a one-day event called Park(ing) Day on September 19, 2014.

For questions regarding the Pilot Bike Corral Program, please contact Bruce Hyman, Bicycle and Pedestrian ProgramCoodinator at the City of Portland’s Planning Division, 207-874-8833.