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Completed Bicycle Parking
Since 1999, Oakland's CityRacks Bicycle Parking Program has installed almost 1,400 bicycle parking racks and lockers for more than 3,100 bicycles in commercial districts throughout the city.
Racks and lockers have been funded by the Transportation Fund for Clean Air, Alameda County Congestion Management Agency, TDA Article 3 bike/ped funds, and Alameda County's Measure B ½-cent sales tax for transportation.
- New racks installed to replace old meter poles
- Downtown Bicycle eLockers
- Why eLockers?
- Fruitvale Bike Station
New Racks Installed to Replace Old Meter Poles
As of December 2009, the Public Works Agency had installed 400 new bike parking racks—most of them in Oakland's main commercial districts. The racks accommodate 850 bikes, and most compensate for a Finance and Management Agency (FMA) project that replaced more than 4,400 on-street parking meters with "pay and display" parking kiosks in 2008.
Racks were installed in the Dimond, Fruitvale/ International, Rockridge, Piedmont Avenue, Grand Lake, Old Oakland, Montclair, Pill Hill/Central, Chinatown, Uptown and Downtown areas of Oakland.
The old meter poles that were left in place as an interim solution to the meter removal problem can now be removed by the FMA.
Did we miss a spot? Please submit your bicycle rack location suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our Online Bike Rack Request Form.
Downtown Bicycle eLockers
Sixteen electronic bike lockers ("eLockers") are available for use by the public in downtown, and are situated to serve patrons of Oakland's two downtown BART stations.
- 12th Street Station—in Frank Ogawa Plaza at the northwest corner of Broadway and 14th Street. (An additional four eLockers are planned for installation at this location by the end of September 2014.)
- 19th Street Station—just south of the BART escalator on the east side Broadway between 20th and 19th Streets. (These lockers were moved in September 2014 to accommodate construction of a canopy over the BART entrance at the northeast corner of 20th Street and Broadway. If you have concerns about the new location, please email email@example.com.)
Cost: Renting an Oakland eLocker costs five cents an hour, and the first five hours of each rental are free. That means an eight-hour rental costs just 15 cents and many rentals will cost nothing at all.
To use a locker, you'll need to purchase a BikeLink card.
- Purchase online (or to add value to your BikeLink card): www.bikelink.org
- Purchase in person at the AC Transit Ticket Office, 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland, between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday-Friday
- Download eLocker brochure
- Watch a short video from Streetsblog in New York that highlights Oakland's eLockers.
Unlike conventional lockers that are rented by the year to one person only, eLockers can be used by any cyclist with a Bike Link card. This wallet-sized card is pre-purchased like a BART ticket and used to access any unoccupied locker. Bike parking costs just pennies a day.
An innovative and secure locking technology coupled with the Bike Link card allows for locker access by multiple consecutive users, an improvement over conventional lockers which remain empty much of the time. The eLockers have been installed throughout the Bay Area and beyond (nearly 200 were installed throughout the BART system in late 2008).
For more information, including videos demonstrating how to use the eLockers, go to www.bikelink.org.
Fruitvale Bike Station
A bicycle parking facility, or "bike station," at the Fruitvale BART transit village, has been open since November 2004. The bike station (located just to the left of the Caesar Chavez Plaza entrance, within a hundred feet of the northeast BART exit) is staffed by an attendant and boasts a full service repair station. Operated by Alameda Bicycle, the facility is open Monday through Friday, 6am-8pm.
Fruitvale BART Bike Station
The project was a partnership between the City of Oakland, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and the Fruitvale Development Corporation. Oakland secured $400,000 from Caltrans' Bicycle Transportation Account for capital improvement funding, managed the contract with Fruitvale Development Corporation, and provided construction oversight. BART secured $400,000 of Bay Area Air Quality Management District funding for additional capital improvement costs and operational expenses.