Burbank’s Bicycle Community Cuts Ribbon on New BikeStop

By On November 15, 2011

City Manager Michael Flad leads Mayor Jess Talamantes by a wheel as they pedal from City Hall to the new BikeStop at the Metrolink Station on Front Street (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Sporting a Bike Helmet Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes and City Manager Mike Flad, along with about 40 other bike enthusiasts, pedaled from the Community Services Building along Third Street to Verdugo Avenue and then down onto Front Street to the new BikeStop located at the MetroLink Station downtown. The new BikeStop is a facility designed to meet the growing demand of commuters that bike to/from the transit center. The BikeStop has spaces for 40 bikes and the room is temperature controlled, has closed-circuit TV with Security Access.  The facility is free to use but registration is required and even has a repair station with tools built in and supplied for limited repairs.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

The funds for the center were in a form of grants and transportation funds.  The building was already in place but converted for this use.   The Mayor stated in his presentation that it’s well known if you build it they will come and use it.  The city currently has 25 miles of bike routes and several bike paths. Joining the Mayor at the ribbon cutting were Community Development Director Greg Herrman, City Manager Mike Flad, Public Works Director Bonnie Teaford, who’s department will keep up the BikeStop.