A few months ago, we reported that the Bicycle Alliance’s Bike Port and the JRA bike shop location connected to it were closing their doors. But do not fear, the bike shop part is now under new ownership and is moving to Nord Alley and renaming the shop Back Alley Bike Repair. The shop could open as soon as Valentine’s Day.
“It’s not a new shop, we’re just moving and rebranding,” said new owner Ben Rainbow. JRA’s Greenwood location will remain under the same ownership. Rainbow said the shop will specialize in same-day tune-ups for commuters, like JRA did. They will also have some commuter gear and do custom builds. They are also considering having rental bikes and some new bikes for sale.
Beyond that, they also looking for advice from you all. What would you like to see in a Pioneer Square bike shop?
“I would love to hear people’s cool bike shop experiences,” said Rainbow. Let them know in the comments below.
More on the Bike Port closing, from the Bicycle Alliance:
After serving the Seattle bicycle community for eight years, Bike Port will close its doors at the end of December. The facility first opened its doors in Pioneer Square in May 2003 and provided 24/7 secure bike parking and an in-house bicycle repair shop. The Bicycle Alliance has managed the Bike Port facility since 2005 through a partnership with King County Metro, the City of Seattle, and Sound Transit.
As buildings in the downtown area created their own bike parking, the need for Bike Port services has declined. Bike Port will be missed by those individuals who still need secure bike parking in the Pioneer Square area and we hope that on-demand bike lockers will be available in the future.