CCDC Opens New Secure Bike Storage Area for Downtown Commuters 

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Last month, Boise Weekly learned about CCDC's plan to build a state-of-the-art bike parking area at a parking garage in downtown Boise. On June 20, the development corporation and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter officially opened the facility.

"CCDC gave us an interesting challenge and a creative opportunity to design a bike shelter appropriate to its context," wrote Rob Thornton of CTY Studio, the Boise-based architectural firm that designed the storage area, in a statement. "It's a poetic response to bicycle geometry: Bike racks are arranged radially like the spokes of a wheel and the shelter's enclosure is organized in a way that gives a sense of directional line."

The facility is located in the CCDC-owned parking structure at Main and Ninth streets, and includes space for 42 bicycles, 18 lockers, a repair station and seating. It's key card-protected, is well-lit and features video camera security.

Currently, memberships for access are a flat $20 through 2019, and increase to $7 per month starting in 2020. In May, CCDC Project Manager Matt Edmond said the bike parking area is ideal for people who work downtown, and who may need an extra level of security for their bikes than the public racks that are available downtown. It also forwards CCDC's interest in encouraging people to use alternative transportation.

"One of the things that we're really trying to work harder at, and we obviously own and operate seven garages downtown currently, is we're trying to get people away from the single-occupancy vehicle," he said. "Whether that's carpooling, think biking, what we want to offer people, commuters primarily, is a secure, indoor facility for them to park their bikes."

If the service proves to be popular, he said, others may be built at other CCDC structures.


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