This morning was the grand opening of Bikestation Long Beach, which has moved to fashionable new digs just a block from the Metro Blue Line Transit Mall Station. The new state-of-the-art public bicycling center, 223 East 1st St., is an interesting modern structure of glass and vertical beams with surrounding ramps for easiest possible bicycle access.
The First Street building is another incarnation of Bikestation Long Beach, which opened in 1996 — the first in the U.S. There now are others in Southern California in Claremont, Covina and Santa Barbara.
The new building has amenities that include 24-hour indoor bike parking, bike rentals and repairs, free air for tires, a retail bike shop, plus lots more space and cool amenities for members, such as shower and changing room facilities. Bike riders know how important that can be.
Bikestation will be good for Long Beach residents who commute into L.A. and would prefer to leave their cars at home and ride their bikes to the Blue Line. And located so near the Blue Line and the prettyLong Beach coast with its tourist hot spots and dedicated bike paths, it’s kind of the perfect weekend destination, don’t you think?