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TriMet riders can now lock bikes in Gresham

TriMet opened two secure 'Bike and Ride' facilities, including one in Gresham on Monday, July 18.

The facilities at the Gresham Central Transit Center and the Beaverton Transit Center were paid for with $1.4 million in federal stimulus funds.

Money was spent renovating the Gresham facility - located in the parking garage at the Gresham Central Transit Center at Northeast Eighth Street between Hood and Kelly avenues - to include keycard access to 30 secured bike parking spaces, as well as the installation of surveillance cameras.

The Bike and Rides are geared toward the 430,000 local commuters who take bikes onto MAX trains every year, said Mary Fetsch, TriMet spokeswoman.

Such secure facilities give riders more options in combining bike trips with mass transit by giving them a place to safely park their bikes, she said.

Bike and Rides are accessible by a 'BikeLink' smartcard, which costs $20 and functions both as a payment card and as a keycard to enter the secured area. The $20 pays for approximately 10 weeks of daily parking. A one-time fee of $5 is charged to activate cards purchased at retail outlets.

The cards are available at the Gresham Bicycle Center, the Twisted Carrot Café or online at bikelink.org.

TriMet's first secured Bike and Ride facility opened last July at the Sunset Transit Center with 74 secure bike parking spaces. In total, TriMet will add or improve 386 bike parking spaces in the region.