A $2 million downtown commuter bike station – with bike parking spots, lockers and showers – is moving closer to reality, with the bid process for construction scheduled to start in February.
The Bike Hub at Union Station will be a 2,800-square-foot building designed as a secure location for commuters to leave their wheels during the day across from Union Station on 16th Street. It will sit on the ground level, above a parking structure.
“Denver has the second-highest rate of bike commuters of any city in the U.S., after Portland,” said Steve Sander, a marketing consultant for BikeDenver who also worked on Denver’s bike sharing project B-Cycle.
Sander said BikeDenver is in the final stages of obtaining construction drawings.
Bike Hub users will get a keycard to enter the facility. Pricing and other benefits of a membership have not been set yet, said BikeDenver Executive Director Molly North.
North said that the earliest the Hub will be open is this fall, but that could be delayed depending on funding.
The first phase of funding paid for architects Shears, Adkins & Rockmore. The second phase of fundraising will begin after the Hub’s plans are drafted. The project will cost somewhere between $1.5 million and $2 million, said North.
Of that total, the city and county of Denver have pledged to donate $250,000.
BikeDenver will seek the necessary funding from other nonprofits.
“We want to pursue the sale of possible naming rights to the Bike Hub to help create an operating reserve,” Sander said.
A survey conducted by the Downtown Denver Partnership found that two of the main reasons that commuters don’t ride bikes to work were a lack of a safe place to leave them and workplaces without showers.
“Hopefully this will be a catalyst for similar facilities,” North said.