The Duluth Transit Authority is on a fast track for construction of its new Multimodal Transportation Center in downtown Duluth.
When it opens, the center will be a hub for multiple modes of transportation, including the main transit station for DTA buses and other inter-city bus lines, public and private parking, a reconstructed walkway between the downtown to the DECC and the first of its kind in Duluth, a bike station.
What this bike station looks like is where your help is needed.
Bike Stations are also called centers and hubs. They can be as simple as a secured bicycle parking facility to as a much as a full service bike repair, retail shop and café. Examples of existing bike stations are located on the Twin Cities U of M campus and in downtown St. Louis, MO.
Here are some possible elements and set-ups of bike stations:
Bike station membership
Secure Bicycle (only) storage
24 hour access
Self-serve tune-up area
Tune-ups/repairs while you work
Bike rentals (standard, used, abandoned, bike share)
Retail store (accessories, bikes & components)
Classes for bicycle education and/or bicycle repair
Public meeting areas
Police Bike Patrol headquarters
Advocacy groups and other organizations
Local bike shop
Joint public-private venture
Public comments will be presented to the DTA as part of the design-build construction process that is already in full swing.
If you are interested in being part of designing Duluth’s first Bike Station, mention your ideas and preferences here. Or you can contact us directly (“us” = transportation planners) via our project webpage.