Photos: Dave Sotero and Raul Pedroza, Metro
Construction crews are now putting the finishing touches on Metro’s very first “Bike Hub,” a place at El Monte Station where transit patrons can safely park their bikes before catching a bus. The Bike Hub is scheduled to open Monday, September 14.
The 1,100+ square foot indoor bicycle parking station, the first of its kind to be built directly on a Metro transit property, is designed to be a high-capacity, full-service facility located right in front of El Monte Station. The San Gabriel Valley’s busiest transit hub underwent a multi-million dollar extreme makeover three years ago. At the time, Metro reserved prime ground-floor retail space for the bike hub. The station also connects with the Rio Hondo bicycle path nearby.
Metro has contracted with BikeHub, the nation’s largest bike station operator, to provide controlled access parking and operations at the site. The company utilizes cutting edge access-control technology that the firm says will ensure superior security as well as customer service.
The company will staff the facility during peak morning hours to assist members, perform needed repairs, sell bike accessories and rent folding bikes.
Bicyclists interested in parking their bikes at the new facility can get a first-hand look at the new amenities as well as receive a demonstration of how the secure access system works at the grand opening ceremony which will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 14. Find Google map of the station here. Visit metro.net to plan your trip on transit. There will also be a raffle, cake, balloons and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the event. A flat tire repair clinic will be held following the ceremony. As a bonus, if you attend the grand opening event with your bike, you will receive a free 30-Day Pass to the Bike Hub. Attendees also will be eligible to win an annual Bike Hub membership and other prizes.
So, Come see the finished product September 14!