City Unveils Bike Miami Logo

Don’t forget, the event is for walkers, joggers, skaters, strollers, and dogs too!

come one, come all.

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  1. 1 Blingtown

    Check out the amazing response I got to a simple inquiry to the city of Portland about improving commuting conditions in Miami.

    Bike Central is a network of facilities that provide bicycle commuters with permanent clothes storage, showers (and whirlpool/steam room/sauna where available), and secure bicycle parking. Over 10 years ago, the City of Portland Office of Transportation established the Bike Central program. The original concept was to provide one facility in the heart of downtown Portland for bike commuters where they could park their bicycles, shower, change, and walk to work. After surveying employees and downtown bike commuters, however, we learned that employees were willing to walk only so far - four or five blocks at the most. Given that information, it made more sense to spread out the facilities in dense employment centers in downtown Portland.

    The City decided to approach existing private athletic clubs. The athletic clubs were interested in the program because they thought it would bring people in the doors of their clubs during summertime when memberships tend to wane. It was a win-win partnership — the City provided incentives to increase bike commuting downtown, and the clubs provided incentives to get people in the door and increase memberships.

    With federal transportation funding from a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant, the City provided capital improvements in the athletic clubs who participated in the program. The City purchased and installed bike lockers on club property (or as close as possible, such as across the street in a parking garage), purchased and installed full-length clothing lockers, and in some locations purchased and installed covered bike racks in attended surface parking lots. In addition, the City promoted the program. The terms of the 10-year contract with the athletic clubs were that the City would own and maintain the equipment for 10 years, the clubs could purchase the equipment from the City at any time in that period, and at the end of 10 years the equipment would belong to the clubs because it would depreciate to zero value.

    In the Bike Central program the athletic clubs get all the revenue generated from the program. They administer the Bike Central program on site. Participants in the program pay a fee to Bike Central. Monthly passes are $35, and day passes are $2.50. Participants do not have to be members of the private athletic clubs to participate in the program and use the equipment. The City does not subsidize gym memberships. When we established the program, there were five athletic clubs in the Bike Central program — all were private clubs. There are now just two. The otherclubs went out of business.

    This link is the Bike Central information on our web site:
    http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=34813&a=58381
    I hope this information is helpful. If you have additional questions, please contact our bike coordinator Roger Geller at 503-823-7671 or email me with your questions and I will get back to you with additional information. I am copying Roger on this message.

    Thank you.

    Cheryl

    Cheryl E. Kuck
    Portland Office of Transportation
    1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 800
    Portland, Oregon 97204

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