How Cycling Centers Could Help Smooth Commuter Transitions

Andréa White-Kjoss
CEO
Mobis Transportation/Bikestation

Andréa White-Kjoss, 35, modeled her full-service cycling centers on a similar idea already popular in Japan and Europe. More than a dozen bike stations have opened in such places as Palo Alto and Berkeley, California; Seattle; and, most recently, Washington, D.C.

"Our existing transportation system has been built around the automobile -- parking, service, fuel -- and we need the same sort of system around other forms of transportation. The biggest reasons people give for not biking to work are fear of theft and the inconvenience of showing up sweaty and in bike clothes. With a service hub like Bikestation, people can not only securely store their bikes but also use the shower rooms and changing facilities, buy equipment, take classes, use the on-site maintenance-and-service station, and ask for advice.

There has been a great deal of interest from not only cities and universities but also transit systems, which are adding these into existing stations. You can park 36 bikes in the same space you need to park one car. They realize that something different needs to be done to build ridership. A bicycle isn't ideal for every situation, but a seamless, robust ecosystem lets it be an easier option."

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  • Douglas Hay

    Popular in Japan? Where? I live in Tokyo and have lived in Japan for well over 10 years and I only know of one! it's called Runners Station so geared towards the needs of runners. The charges are ¥23,000 (US$220ish) per month. Would you pay that much for a shower, bike parking (semi-secure) and a locker in the US?
    The idea is good and there are some interesting designs floating around but there seem to be very few in existence, especially in Japan where there are very few facilities such as showers in office buildings.
    -Douglas (sex chat rooms)

  • Jayme Bassett

    Wow, according to the website, Bikestation Santa Barbara is the only station that offers showers. None of the facilities offer classes and there are only 3 Bikestations currently operating because the other facilities have since closed.

    I've realized that riding straight to work is far more convenient than parking my bicycle 5 blocks away.

  • Jayme Bassett

    Wow, according to the website, Bikestation Santa Barbara is the only station that offers showers. None of the facilities offer classes and there are only 3 Bikestations currently operating because the other facilities have since closed.

    I've realized that riding straight to work is far more convenient than parking my bicycle 5 blocks away.

  • Jayme Bassett

    Wow, according to the website, Bikestation Santa Barbara is the only station that offers showers. None of the facilities offer classes and there are only 3 Bikestations currently operating because the other facilities have since closed.

    I've realized that riding straight to work is far more convenient than parking my bicycle 5 blocks away.

  • Jayme Bassett

    Wow, according to the website, Bikestation Santa Barbara is the only station that offers showers. None of the facilities offer classes and there are only 3 Bikestations currently operating because the other facilities have since closed.

    I've realized that riding straight to work is far more convenient than parking my bicycle 5 blocks away.

  • Andy Marshall

    Popular in Japan? Where? I live in Tokyo and have lived in Japan for well over 10 years and I only know of one! it's called Runners Station so geared towards the needs of runners. The charges are ¥23,000 (US$220ish) per month. Would you pay that much for a shower, bike parking (semi-secure) and a locker in the US?
    The idea is good and there are some interesting designs floating around but there seem to be very few in existence, especially in Japan where there are very few facilities such as showers in office buildings.

  • Steven T

    I am glad that my workplace provides shower rooms, so all biking enthusiasts like me can just ride to work, take a shower and start the day on the right note. The only tricky part is dodging cars on the way to the work.

  • Chase Teschendorf

    They have one in Chicago already, at Millennium Park. It opened in 2004 and is still there.