the cleveland bike rack is open!

The Cleveland bike Rack, to take a shower and secure your bicycle finally opened a couple weeks ago (it was initially scheduled to be opened in the Spring).

I am slightly disappointed that the space only has parking for 50 bikes but if they need more space in the future, then the station was at least a success.

However, I am frustrated that the current economics of downtown Cleveland parking. Although downtown parking is relatively cheap (and my low budget likes that a lot), its low costs dissuades other sources of transportation (bike, RTA – the rapid or bus).
It’s $5 per day to park your bike indoors (the $25 monthly pass is a great deal and is a higher incentive to use).

Although The bike rack offers showers and changing areas, that prices isn’t very competitive as there are lots right now in downtown Cleveland (including one covered parking garage across the street on Huron, just east of east6th – http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=41.497893&lon=-81.688057&zoom=18&layers=M ) that charge as low as $3.50 (the early bird, before 9am) for a car.

I’m interested to learn more about the economics of parking lots here in downtown Cleveland.

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