STL Now: Ride it Out

The Downtown Bicycle Station kicks into high gear.

 

If you’ve been thinking about joining the rising number of St. Louisans converting to a two-wheel commute, the Downtown Bicycle Station might be just what you’ve been waiting for. The station, a project of The City of St. Louis, with help from Trailnet, Partnership for Downtown St. Louis and Big Shark Bicycle Co., opened in late spring and offers cyclists a place to secure their bikes, stash their stuff, get a shower and repair their rides. A $20 application fee and $20 a month (or $150 a year) gives you full access to the station and its amenities. So, throw on your helmet and check it out—because two wheels are the new four.

1. Central and Secure The station is located in the center of Downtown at 1011 Locust St., so no matter what your destination, chances are it’s a short walk away. It’s also two blocks from the 8th and Pine MetroLink station and bus routes if you don’t feel like hitting the bricks after dismounting. Members can access the facilities by scanning a small plastic key to unlock the entrance, which is well lit and monitored by cameras.

2. Bike Racks The 120 bike racks inside the station are available to members on a first-come, first-served basis, so there’s always a secure, weather-protected place to park.

3. Locker Rooms One of the biggest hurdles of pedaling to work is finding a place to freshen up and stow your gear, but the new bike station has it covered with clean lockers and shower facilities available from 4am to midnight.

4.  Support Services Adjacent to the station is Urban Shark (shown here), a spot for members to get 10 percent off repairs and retail items and 5 percent off bikes—plus, access to a mechanic. The shop offers lock rentals, towel and laundry services, bike valet and storage. It’s sort of like having your own pit crew at the ready.

Above the station, you’ll find Trailnet’s new office, where you can connect with fellow bikers and join its latest community, shiftyourcommute.com. It’s also the launch pad for sporadic Heels on Wheels rides, where city commuters join for a spin around town before landing at a local happy hour.

 

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Downtown Bicycle Station

Outside The Downtown Bicycle Station

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Downtown Bicycle Station

Inside The Downtown Bicycle Station

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Downtown Bicycle Station

Inside The Downtown Bicycle Station

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Downtown Bicycle Station

Inside The Downtown Bicycle Station

 

Photo credit: Photos by Max Campbell

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