Cyclists to celebrate BART's newest bike station at Ashby on Friday
Tomorrow cyclists who ride to BART will celebrate the newest place to safely store their bicycles: the Ashby Bike Station. The Bike Station will hold an open house Friday, June 10, starting at 7:30 pm. The open house precedes the start of the monthly East Bay Bike Party, which this month encourages participants to ride in skirts – both men and women (kilts count too).
The Ashby Bike Station has been operating for about a month but tomorrow everyone will have chance to see the new facility. The Ashby Bike Station provides secure parking for up to 128 bicycles. Users access the facility using a “smart card” access system and pay three cents an hour for parking. About 12% of customers who use Ashby Station are cyclists, or about 500 each weekday.
There are three other BART Bike Stations: Downtown Berkeley, Fruitvale and Embarcadero stations. Repair services are offered at the Berkeley and Fruitvale Bike Stations. For more information, go to www.bartbikestation.com
BART’s planning for its Fleet of the Future includes working to be as bike friendly as possible with designated bike stations, onboard racks and more secure parking options at stations.
About Tomorrow’s “Skirts” Bike Ride
The East Bay Bike Party is a recreational/social bike ride that has been happening monthly for about a year. This month’s theme is “Skirts.” As it says on the website www.eastbaybikeparty.com, “You can flirt in your skirt. Be curt in your skirt. Wear a shirt with your skirt…get all skirted up and make the scene.”