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Metro is constructing a more secure area for riders to store bikes at the College Park rail station.

The transit authority said it is installing its first “Bike & Ride” facility, a 2,400-square-foot room with steel mesh walls.

The corral will accommodate up to 120 bikes, Metro said. It will feature steel mesh walls, bright lighting, cameras and controlled access, officials said. The room will be built within the existing College Park parking garage in a spot on the southeast corner that was designated for retail.

Officials said about two-thirds of Metro’s College Park customers travel less than three miles to the station by car, and only 1 percent travel to the station by bike.

“By providing customers with enhanced security and convenience, our hope is that more College Park customers will consider bike access,” said Nat Bottigheimer, Metro’s assistant general manager of planner.

Customers can register to use the area and will receive an access card or fob that will permit access. The fee will be about 3 to 5 cents per hour, Metro said, but free bike racks will still be available at the station. The College Park bike facility is expected to be completed by early next year.

Metro said the idea could be expanded to other stations if it is successful.

Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association endorsed the addition.

“We look forward to seeing this facility open and well-used in the near future, and we hope that the lessons learned in College Park can be used to provide better, safer bicycle parking options throughout the system,” Farthing said.

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