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“World Class Transportation System in a World Class City”


At 11:15 am Mayor Adrian. M Fenty along with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, Andrea White-Kjoss CEO of Bikestation, and DDOT Director Gabe Klein cut the ribbon officially opening the doors to DC’s first green bike facility at Union Station. DC stakeholders, workers, residents and bike commuters gathered next to the Bikestation to celebrate. The station was designed to emulate a bike helmet and boasts a hybrid natural and mechanical venting system to minimize power use. The design will also allow rainwater runoff to be used for irrigation, according to DDOT.

The Union Station Bikestation offers bicycle parking, rentals, repairs, changing rooms and accessories like tandem trailers and burleys. Membership registration is now open- memberships are handled by the Bikestation Coalition, a national network of similar bike parking facilities.

Interested cyclists can go to www.bikestation.com to register. Members will receive a card in the mail that will allow 24/7 access to the parking area. Introductory membership rates are $96 per year or $30 a month, plus a $20 annual administration fee.

In her speech White-Kjoss reinforced the importance of this new facility and the example DC is making in our nations growing commitment to bicycling and alternative transportation. The Bikestation is sustainable in form and function and is meant to bring security to those who fear leaving their bikes for long hours during the day or over night.