The simple life of free-range bike racks on street corners is meeting its demise as cyclists opt for membership in "bikestations" that offer secure locations, a place to change, and access to metro. That, at least, is the thought behind the newest addition to Washington's ascendant bike-commuter culture, the bikestation at Union Station, now accepting membership and scheduled to open in the beginning of October.
The station can hold up to 100 bikes in its 1,600 s.f. of space on the west side of Union Station; think bike rental and repair, changing rooms, lockers and security, all in one space. The station will be staffed 66 hours a week, but is accessible by members 24/7 with a security card.
According to a press release from DC Department of Transportation, membership rates are $96 per year or $30 a month, plus a $20 annual administration fee. Cyclists can register at bikestation.com or check out bikeandroll.com for more information.