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Portland Sets Another Bicycle Milestone

A new apartment building will offer 1,200 cyclist parking spots, a North American record.

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GBD Architects

If you had to make an educated guess about where they're building the apartment complex with the most bike parking in North America, you might put your money on Portland, Oregon. Bingo!

As reported on the Bike Portland blog, a 657-apartment project planned for Portland's Inner East neighborhood will have a whopping 1,200 bike parking spaces, an acknowledgment of the city's cyclo-centric culture.

One of the architects of the project, which is being developed in a part of town where "mid-century planning principles called for surface parking lots in lieu of dense, walkable communities," explained:

"The demographic that we expect to show up here is going to be young urban professionals and it's going to be, we think, young families as well," said Kyle Andersen of Portland-based GBD Architects. "They all have bikes. When I think about my own neighborhood, the families I see riding there, if you move those people into a building they're still going to have a bike. I think you have to be ready for that demographic to be there, otherwise you're restricting yourself."

Andersen added that more bike parking might eventually be required for the building, which will be called Hassalo on Eighth. "I think this is just the minimum that we need."

Portland is already a leader in bike parking. The Go By Bike valet parking service, operated under the sponsorship of the Oregon Health & Science University, offers free guarded bike parking to nearly 300 people on a busy day. It is small in comparison to similar lots in the Netherlands. But at this point, it looks like it holds the North American record for daily bike valet parking.

Users, who can swipe in with a custom app, also have access to bike repair services (for a fee). Most are OHSU workers and students who connect to an aerial tram that takes them up the hill to the university. As you can see in the above video from Streetfilms, that might be another North American record holder, this time for the continent’s most awesome commute.

Top image: A rendering of Hassalo on Eighth. Courtesy of GBD Architects.

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  • Sarah Goodyear has written about cities for a variety of publications, including Grist and Streetsblog. She lives in Brooklyn.