Mobis Transportation announced their new Bikestation Claremont is set to open February 24th. Located at the Metrolink station in the historic Claremont Depot in downtown Claremont, CA, it is on the same transit line and shares the same access technology as Bikestation Covina and creates the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first bike transit system.
This bicycle network enables greater use of alternative transportation methods like bicycles and it increases the practicality of public transit for many people. Bikestation Claremont provides a complete bicycle transit center with a variety of services and amenities that make bicycling more secure and convenient, including secure bike parking, restrooms, retail accessory sales, and bike repair and rental services.
Bikestation Claremont will enable more people to use bicycles for transit by addressing the most common concerns Ã¢â‚¬â€œ preventing bike theft with secure parking; improving convenience through a range of services; and addressing the critical issue of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“first and last mile.Ã¢â‚¬Â The first and last mile is the typical distance commuters need to move from the transit station to a destination and it frequently represents an obstacle to broader usage of public transit. Bicycle transit is a solution to the first and last mile challenge, and by locating Bikestation bike transit centers on multiple points on the same transit line, it shows a growing demand for alternative transit options and enables more people to bike and use public transit more often, improving the efficiency of the mass transit system.
Bikestation Claremont will be 600 square feet and offer a range of bicycle transit services and amenities, including electronically secured indoor bike parking, a repair stand and tools, retail accessory sales, a restroom and a changing room, and repair services and bike rentals across the street at Jax Bicycle Center. Secure bike parking will be accessible 24/7 to members. Designed to fit aesthetically within historic downtown Claremont, the location provides convenient access to the Metrolink station, other public transit options, businesses and communities, and the campuses of the Claremont Colleges.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“By providing convenient and economical bike-transit services at major transit lines and within close proximity to urban destinations, Bikestation can play a primary role in educating the public about the benefits and the ease of using public transportation and other alternative modes,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Andrea White-Kjoss, president and CEO of Mobis Transportation/Bikestation.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re very pleased to include Bikestation Claremont as a key element of the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s overall bicycling program. Our goal is to fulfill sustainable principles by providing alternative modes of transportation to reach local and regional destinations, and encourage walking and bicycling in our communities for recreation, local shopping and multimodal transportation,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Brian Desatnik, Housing and Redevelopment Manager, City of Claremont. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Toward that end, Bikestation Claremont is located in what weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve designated as our Bike Priority Zone Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a two-square mile area encompassing the Village, the Claremont Colleges, residential neighborhoods, mixed-use areas and transit centers where weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve provided safe bicycle routes, pedestrian walkways, and are in the process of adding additional bike parking. By creating this infrastructure, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re providing a livable, walkable and bikeable community.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bikestation Claremont will be open for operation on February 24, 2010. Membership includes 24/7 electronic access to Bikestation Claremont and any of the other Bikestation locations throughout Southern California and across the country, such as those in Covina, Long Beach, Palo Alto, Washington, D.C. and Santa Barbara. Memberships are available at an annual rate of $96 per year, a monthly rate of $12 per month, or a daily rate of $1 per day sold in packs of 10, plus a $20 annual administrative fee.