BURBANK AND SANTA MONICA, CA (BRAIN)—Santa Monica’s first full-service Bike Center is set to open this week while the city of Burbank is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony and ride with the mayor to its new Burbank BikeStop today.
Santa Monica’s Bike Center is located in downtown and offers access to controlled bike parking, showers and lockers for members; attended bike valet parking for visitors; bike rentals and repair; and travel information. It will promote green mobility through classes and tours.
Bike and Park is the operator. The company also launched a bike center in Millennium Park in Chicago and has plans to open a third in Cincinnati, Ohio, next spring.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was set for Friday, Nov. 18.
The Bike Center is part of Santa Monica’s efforts to encourage transportation by bike. The city recently installed more than 100 bike racks at various locations along Main Street, with more soon to be placed along commercial corridors. The city also plans to present the final draft of its Bike Action Plan to city council. The 294-page document details a 5-year implementation plan as well as a 20-year vision for integrating bicycles into Santa Monica’s transportation plan.
In Burbank, the BikeStop offers bike parking at the downtown Burbank Metrolink station. The high-capacity indoor bike parking center “is designed to meet the growing demand of commuters that bike to and from transit,” according to the city’s website.
Mayor Jess Talamantes will lead a ride from city hall to the Burbank Metrolink station this morning.