District officials hope to break ground this summer on a “bike station” at Union Station, located just steps from both the Metro station entrance and the future route of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The station will offer bike parking (for an estimated $1 a day, or $100 a year), rentals, repairs, accessories, a changing room, and lockers.
Nestled between the Old Post Office Building and Union Station, the sleek structure will have enough space for 180 bicycles total, and will boast solar panels and high-tech glass to keep the facility cool in the summer. The station is modeled after facilities in Chicago, Seattle, San Franscisco, and Long Beach. The California facilities are inspired in turn by Japanese and European examples. The driving force for the project in DC has been DDOT bicycle manager Jim Sebastian, who began exploring the concept after visiting Seattle.
> DDOT Bicycle Program
> WashCycle: Union Station Bicycle Station
> Voice of the Hill: Bike Transit Center to be Housed at Union Station
> American Observer: Bicyclists will soon have a plush parking space
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