I was at a great little place called Cafe Eleven. It’s on Rosa Parks near MLK. There isn’t a bike staple to be found, and the owner says she’s been trying for a year to get the city to install some on the parking strip out front. I asked my friends from the Portland Society how a business goes about getting a bike rack installed in front of its location.
When we were moving to our new location at the corner of SE 7th and Stark, I called PBOT Transportation Options and they were more than accommodating. The question was not “if”, but “how many would you like?” The biggest delay was making sure it wasn’t raining when they sent someone out to mark the sidewalk areas and then ensure it wasn’t freezing rain when they came back for the installation. 503-823-5490 /firstname.lastname@example.org is the contact I have on file. Good luck! ~ Jennifer
Get A Free Bike Rack
A free bicycle rack can be installed on the sidewalk in front of your business as long as the location meets the minimum requirements. Call 503-823-CYCL (823-2925) and press “3″ to request a rack.
Racks are installed on a seasonal basis (spring, summer & fall). Please allow up to 18 weeks for installation.
If you’re looking for something a little bit more artistic, check out www.rustbeltwelding.com for some cool bike rack ideas.
SmartTrips Business provides a range of free services and materials for Portland employers and commuters.
- Bicycle rack installed on the sidewalk in front of your business.
- Consultation on tax-deductible investments and policy changes to integrate sustainable transportation into your business operations.
- Transit and carpooling resources and bike and walk maps for your employees.
- Walking and biking maps to bring in more customers.
SmartTrips Business is a free project offered by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation to all employers in the city. Request assistance for your business.
If you’re on the customer side of the equation, you may find some useful resources from SmartTrips to make your commuting easier.