Palo Alto, CA -- On Thursday May 20, 2004, Bikestation Palo Alto celebrates its 5th birthday at the Caltrain University Avenue Depot by giving away refreshments from House of Bagels, Peet's Coffee & Krispy Kreme. Bike commuters can also get water bottles along with discount coupons on rentals and accessories.
Since opening in 1999, Bikestation Palo Alto has parked over 44,000 bikes. Each parked bicycle represents one less car trip reducing vehicle emissions and traffic congestion. The Bikestation also helps alleviate the demand for bikes on-board Caltrain, which has the nation's highest bike ridership, as well as Santa Clara VTA, SamTrans, the Dumbarton Express, Stanford University's Marguerite and Palo Alto's free shuttle.
Along with free, secure bicycle parking everyday, Bikestation Palo Alto repairs, rents and sells bicycles. They promote the healthy commute with refreshment sales, along with free transit schedules and maps reaching four Bay Area counties.
Bikestation is modeled after scores of successful facilities in Europe and Japan. Palo Alto is one of five such innovative bicycle parking facilities in the United States along with Long Beach, Berkeley, San Francisco and Seattle. Oakland will soon open one at Fruitvale BART.
Bikestation Palo Alto is a project of the City of Palo Alto Transportation Division and is operated by Palo Alto Bicycles, a local retailer since 1930. The facility is open seven days week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. For more information, please call (877)563-BIKE or log onto www.bikestation.com.