Oregon’s third district U.S. congressman and Portland’s bureau of transportation director helped open Lloyd Cycle Station at the beginning of June. Located in the basement of 700 N.E. Multnomah St., the 600-bike facility was touted as the largest of its kind in North America and came in the wake of neighborhood bike traffic increasing from three percent of all trips to seven percent of all trips.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer reminisced about his first days on the Portland City Council under Mayor Bud Clark and discussions about how development of the Lloyd District would be undertaken. “Now, I see what was once three acres of asphalt,” Blumenauer said, “transformed into 600 housing units, and we knew back then that the bicycle was a secret weapon to cope with changes.” The bicycle as a transportation mode was not an afterthought but “baked into” the planning, Blumenauer asserted.
Leah Treat characterized the new bicycle center as “an incredible addition to the community” and said she was impressed by a facility that would help the city deal with rapid population growth and the development necessary to keep pace with that growth. “People keep moving here, and seeing that they can get around without a car makes Portland that much more attractive.” Treat said people moving to Portland are using bicycles in increasing rates.
After a traditional ribbon cutting, the fifty or so attending the ceremony toured the facility. Included in the amenities is a bicycle washing station where bikes can be cleaned immediately after use.
Rows of racks for parked bicycles are complemented by private lockers and showers. Building tenants and employees can park their bikes without charge and only pay $35 monthly for all amenities.
Non-tenants pay $50 monthly. Bike registrations and commute consultations are complementary for all.