Residents and Visitors Alike to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Bikestation Thursday

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Grand Opening of New BikestationThe Long Beach Redevelopment Agency and Bikestation Long Beach invite the public to come celebrate the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art public bicycling center at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 15, at Bikestation/Promenade Square Park, 223 East 1st St. Free parking is available at the southwest corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Broadway.

“Long Beach strives to be the most bicycle friendly city in the nation, so it’s important that we have the amenities that cyclists need,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “The new Bikestation is a valuable asset to the entire community, and helps make biking in the city a viable and popular mode of transportation.”

Located at the intersection of the newly completed Promenade Square and the recently upgraded Transit Mall in downtown Long Beach, the new Bikestation is perfectly situated in a scenic park setting to enable easy access to numerous modes of transportation, as well as employment, shopping and dining options.

“Bikestation is truly an innovative facility that’s helped biking become an acceptable transportation alternative,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal. “Thanks to the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, Bikestation Long Beach has a new, modern home that is not only beautiful, but a practical addition to our downtown.”

The mission of Bikestation is to facilitate and encourage bicycling. The core service of the new Bikestation is to provide 24-7 bike parking. The facility also offers bicycle rental, repair, and retail; bicycling and transit information and classes; restroom and changing rooms; and new shower facilities and lockers for commuters. Any member of the public can valet park their bicycle during staffed business hours (7 am – 6 pm weekdays and 9 am – 5 pm weekends). Bikestation members also receive discounts on gear, rentals, and maintenance. Membership can be purchased annually for $96.00 or a monthly fee of $12.00.

“The Redevelopment Agency is pleased to partner with Bikestation on this project that is part of the rapidly expanding cycling landscape in Long Beach,” said John Thomas, Chair of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency Board.

In 1996, Long Beach opened the very first public bicycling center in the U.S., designed by the critically acclaimed architect Fernando Vazquez. Vasquez has remained the architect for each new iteration as the facility has expanded twice in previous years.

“We are so proud of our partnership with the City of Long Beach and their support of Bikestation’s efforts to provide bike-transit infrastructure,” said Andrea White-Kjoss, Bikestation President. “Together, we are working to improve the quality of life for bicycling commuters.”

For more information, contact Andrea White-Kjoss at 562.733.0106 or email info@bikestation.com.

About Long Beach Redevelopment Agency
Since 1961, the mission of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) has been to enhance the quality of life by improving blighted areas of Long Beach, revitalizing neighborhoods, promoting economic development, creating jobs, providing affordable housing and encouraging citizen participation. The RDA partners with business and the community to revitalize our project areas. It is because of our partnerships with our citizen-led Project Area Committees, and small and large businesses working together that the Long Beach RDA is one of the leading Redevelopment Agencies in the state. Learn more at www.longbeachrda.org .

About Bikestation
Bikestation seeks to improve the quality of life in urban communities through the development and operation of bike-transit centers and related infrastructure. Modeled after European and Japanese examples, Bikestation Long Beach was the first facility of its kind to open in the U.S. in March of 1996. Bikestation Palo Alto and Bikestation Berkeley opened in 1999, Bikestation Seattle in May 2003, Bikestation Santa Barbara in 2007, and Bikestation Washington DC in 2009. Located on the same LA Metro line, Bikestation Claremont and Bikestation Covina opened in February 2010, creating the first end-to-end systemic transit line in the US. Bikestation Hillsboro, the first Bikestation in Oregon, recently celebrated its Grand Opening in October 2010. Learn more at www.bikestation.com.

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