Grand ‘ol opening for Long Beach Bikestation

Bikestation Long Beach exterior at night.

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.

Bikestation Long Beach interior ramp.

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?


4 replies

  1. What’s the status of future bikestations? I feel Hollywood/Vine would be your next best bikestation; the space is available at the new W Hotel if I’m not mistaken.

  2. Awesome, hope to see more Bikestation opened around LA County. It will be awesome to go from downtown LB to Compton, on LA River and Compton Creek. Wish to see a Bikestation opened in Compton too.

  3. Bikestation’s a very impressive company.

    I look forward to the day when Bikestation (or others, or similar offerings through Mobility Hubs or other arrangements) expands dramatically in Los Angeles, too. Century City, Westwood, Union Station, DTLA, you name it.

    I recently returned to my native Washington, DC, and was delighted to see an architecturally beautiful Bikestation located a fifteen second walk from the Metro rail entrance at DC’s Union Station. Good stuff.