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.
June 18, 2010, 7am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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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

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Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 in Contra Costa Times
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