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CCDC is Building a Secure Bike Storage Area for Downtown Boise Commuters

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- The new secure bike parking corral is located at the ParkBOI garage on Ninth and Idaho streets. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • The new secure bike parking corral is located at the ParkBOI garage on Ninth and Idaho streets.
Matt Edmond, the capital improvements project manager at the Capital City Development Corporation, called it a "thunder dome, mixed martial arts kind of thing," but he knows what the new secure bike lockup at the ParkBOI garage on Ninth and Main streets will mean for people commuting by bike downtown.

"One of the things that we're really trying to work harder at, and we obviously own and operate seven garages downtown currently, is we're trying to get people away form the single-occupancy vehicle. Whether that's carpooling, think biking, what we want to offer people, commuters primarily, is a secure, indoor facility for them to park their bikes," he said.

On May 15, people who filled out a CCDC bike commuter survey were sent an offer by email: For $20, they could use the facility, which CCDC hopes to open on Saturday, June 1, until the end of 2019. Its amenities include racks capable of storing 42 bikes, 18 lockers (expected to be installed in July), keycard access, safety lighting, video camera security, a bike repair station and a general-use bike pump.

The week of Monday, May 20, the corporation will launch a campaign on social media and on its website where people can sign up to use the service for a $7-per-month fee.

The location is close to the Boise Grove, the Capital City Public Market, banks, shops and restaurants; but it's also ideal for people in the service industry who may need a protected place to store their transportation.



Edmond said if people sign up to use the facility, CCDC may consider installing similar secure bike racks in other parking structures. 

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