What Do You Want at a Bike Station?
Many readers will be familiar with the “bike station” concept. There are a number of them around the country; mostly at major transit stops or hubs. They offer secure bicycle parking, often some basic bike shop services and products (tubes, lights, etc.), usually some modest food and drink, and a few have showers, changing rooms and lockers (something certainly important in Florida).
Here’s a photo of the one in Chicago:
There is a federal funding source that metro Orlando might be able to compete for to include a bike station at the downtown SunRail station, but this program looks for “innovative” projects which can be studied for effectiveness. A bike station isn’t exactly innovative, but it might be if it had some sort of unique feature or service.
So I’m calling upon the CommuteOrlando brain-trust to suggest some ideas. What sort of features at a bike station, beyond the usual, might further improve the chances that you or an acquaintance might use it?