Bike Station Concept Includes Air, Repair, and Showers

First-of-its-kind station opens in Atlanta in advance of Bike to Work Day

May 16, 2013, 18:55 ET from Lanier Parking Solutions

ATLANTA, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Biking to work means running the risk of being stranded with a flat tire, a broken chain, or even the outright theft of your bike. The BikeSpot™ aims to solve all three. Developed by Atlanta-based Lanier Parking Solutions, BikeSpot dedicated its first facility on Thursday at the Georgia-Pacific Center (GPC), a class-A office space in downtown Atlanta. Cyclers now have access to a 20 by 40-foot station in the building's security-protected parking garage, with six bike racks and a self-serve fix-it station. Tenants also have access to two loaner bikes and a shower-only membership at the on-site fitness center, the Phoenix Athletic Club. An optional feature of the BikeSpot is a 4'x7' steel reinforced locker for cyclers who desire an added measure of security.

"This is a brand new concept in office-based bike stations," said Lanier EVP of Alternative Transportation, Glenn Kurtz. "The security and additional amenities address some of the reasons people choose not to bike to work."

Jones Lang LaSalle, which manages the Georgia-Pacific Center, financed the capital costs to install the BikeSpot.

"BikeSpot is consistent with our commitment to sustainable real estate practices," said JLL Senior Vice President Ian Hughes. "It's another way we add value to our clients' properties."

BikeSpot is the latest in a string of initiatives by Lanier Parking Solutions to expand commute options for its clients and their customers. Lanier is leading the introduction of networked electric EV charging stations to major parking garages. It brought carsharing to the Atlanta market by ensuring marketable locations to Flexcar, which has since been bought by Zipcar, Inc. Lanier also initiated the effort to restore electric streetcars to Atlanta, and tracks started going in the ground last month.

Lanier will monitor the success of the first BikeSpot location so that it may consider new locations. The leader of a biking advocate group is encouraged.

"Atlanta is making great strides toward becoming a bicycle-friendly city, and innovative projects like BikeSpot will help us get there," said Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

Friday is National Bike to Work Day, originated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956.

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