Union Station Bike Center to Open Friday

By Yamiche Alcindor
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 1, 2009; 3:29 PM

The new Bike Transit Center at Union Station opens Friday. Riders can begin parking their bikes about 11:30 a.m. after a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The city broke ground for the $4 million project in September 2008. It was originally supposed to be ready in the spring, but weather and design issues delayed the project, said Jim Sebastian, the D.C. Department of Transportation's bicycle program coordinator.

The center will have 150 enclosed bike racks and 20 outdoor racks. The 1,700-square-foot building west of the station will also have changing rooms, personal lockers, a bike repair shop and a retail store that will sell drinks and bike accessories.

Riders interested in parking their bikes at the center can choose from several payment options. Cyclists can pay $2 to park for one day. Alternative plans include a $20 annual administrative fee. Riders can purchase $12 monthly parking passes, as well as discounted $1 day passes in bulks ranging from $10 to $50. Riders who purchase these passes will have access to the center during its regular operating hours, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Annual memberships and round-the-clock access to the racks may be purchased for $96.

Anyone interested in buying parking passes for the center may visit www.bikestation.com.

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