Bike Port, the Bicycle Alliance of Washington’s secure indoor bike parking facility attached to JRA Bike Shop in Pioneer Square, is closing at the end of the year.
The service, housed at 3rd and Jackson, is membership-based and was created mainly to provide commuters with a secure bike parking facility near downtown with lockers and a shower. It costs $2 per day, though there are discounts for people who pay by the month ($15) or year ($120).
However, the facilities costs have risen this year while funding was cut and monthly memberships declined.
“Bike Port was built with corporate bike commuters in mind,” said operator Jay Steingold, “and many of the office buildings in the immediate area have since built their own secure bicycle parking facilities complete with lockers and showers. So it is not as though people just stopped riding their bikes to work.”
Here is the letter Bike Port sent to current members:
Thank you for using the Bike Port 24/7 bicycle parking facility, a service provided by the Bicycle Alliance of Washington in partnership with King County Metro, the City of Seattle and Sound Transit. Over the past year Seattle Bike Port’s operational costs have risen, we have seen a decrease in usage and a reduction in funding. After much consideration, it has been decided to close Seattle Bike Port as of December 31, 2011.
Your membership plan will be carried out as indicated below.
· If you hold an annual plan that extends beyond the end of December, you will receive a refund for the remaining months on your plan.
· Monthly plan holders are welcome to continue renewing up until the beginning of December.
· Pay per use customers may continue using your card for the remaining months however refunds will not be issued for any remaining uses.