Underground Berkeley Bike Station Surfaces

...and expands almost nine-fold to be the nation's second largest. While not as proximate to the BART gates as the existing ten-year-old, 400 sq. ft station, it will be only be half a block away.

Anyone using the present station knows how cramped the quarters are. With the move above-ground on Shattuck Ave., it becomes more of a Berkeley Bike Station and less of a BART bike station.

Berkeley takes cycling seriously, as shown by the City Council overruling "their own staff and committed $60,000 a year for five years to run the station. BART is contributing $100,000 a year, and it got a $500,000 start up grant procured by both BART and the city."

"Gene Oh, owner of Alameda Bicycle, said for a charge of 3 cents an hour between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 1 cent an hour after that, bike commuters can become members and have self service access through a key card 24-hours a day.

Valet parking is free for anyone who wants to leave their bike in downtown Berkeley from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m." Capacity is 268 bikes.

Thanks to MTC Headlines

Full Story: Berkeley bike station set to open July 1



"Berkeley Take Bicycling Seriously" (I Wish)

I would take that statement more seriously if Berkeley provided a safe bike route to downtown.

In 1969, when Berkeley removed parking from one side of a few streets to stripe bike lanes, downtown merchants killed the plan to remove parking on three blocks of Milvia St. downtown. They added bike lanes to the north and south, but none in downtown.

Over 40 years later, there is still no safe bike route to downtown.

Charles Siegel

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