First-of-its-kind Bicycle Parking Facility Opens in Downtown BoiseJune 19, 2019
Bicycle commuters have something to be pumped about as a first-of-its-kind, indoor bike storage facility opens today inside the ParkBOI garage at 9th & Main in downtown Boise.
Created by Capital City Development Corporation, the new “BikeBOI” storage area creates secure, convenient, street-level parking for up to 42 bicycles at a time and features an innovative combination of amenities:
- 18 lockers and seating for changing in and out of bike gear
- Open 24/7 and available to the general public with access day and night and on the weekends
- Key-card access, safety lighting, and video camera security
- Bike repair station and an air pump for public use
The bike facility, which was designed by CTY Architects of Boise, uses a visually engaging oval shape to organize bicycles efficiently and artistically. Two new wall murals, created by Sector Seventeen, reinforce the artistic sensibility and also helps with directional wayfinding from the street.
“This is a great example of CCDC’s commitment to improving mobility inside our districts. We’re looking for innovative ways to serve all modes of transportation,” said Matt Edmond, the agency’s Project Manager – Capital Improvements. “We studied bicycle parking solutions in cities around the country and combined the best of what we saw in the new BIKEBOI facility, seeking to strike the perfect balance between functionality, aesthetics, and durability.”
“CCDC gave us an interesting challenge and a creative opportunity to design a bike shelter appropriate to its context. It’s a poetic response to bicycle geometry: bike racks are arranged radially like the spokes of a wheel and the shelter’s enclosure is organized in a way that gives a sense of directional flow.” said architect Rob Thornton of CTY Architects.
BIKEBOI memberships will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Initial pricing will be $20 for access through the remainder of 2019. Starting in 2020 pricing will be $7 per month. Additional facilities may be added using CCDC’s network of public parking garages, the ParkBOI system, as locations.