As the weather changes, Sound Transit is urging people to bike to Rainier Valley light rail stations, then take the train to downtown. A new “bike plaza” at Columbia City Station has secure bike lockers for up to 46 bikes. There are bike lockers at Rainier Beach, Othello and Columbia City Stations.
On top of that, the agency is offering a free ORCA card loaded with $10 if you sign up for a locker. Since lockers are only $50 for a whole year (plus a $50 refundable deposit), that’s a pretty good deal.
From Sound Transit:
As the grey days of fall and winter arrive in Seattle, Sound Transit has opened new options to keep your bicycle safe and dry at Link light rail stations in the Rainier Valley. It’s a treat that won’t rot your teeth.
Sound Transit has new secure lockers for up to 46 bikes available at the new bike plaza at Columbia City Station. Lockers are also available at the Othello and Rainier Beach stations.
The plaza was built in partnership with the federal government, which paid more than 85 percent of the cost. Since Link opened in 2009, we’ve added space for 125 additional bicycles at Link stations, and we continue to look at ways to add even more in our transit facilities throughout the region.
For a limited time we’re offering a special Bicycle Commuter Welcome Kit while supplies last that includes an ORCA card loaded with $10 to help get you started.
Combining bikes and transit makes great sense and the new Columbia City lockers compliment recent City of Seattle projects which striped new bike lanes on South Columbian Way from Beacon Hill to the station.
Sound Transit bike lockers are rented on an annual basis for $50 plus a refundable one-time $50 key deposit. For more information on bike locker availability and to sign up see www.soundtransit.org/bicycles or call 1-888-889-6368.
Have you used a bike locker? Did you find them to be worth the money for the added security?