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Bicyclists get own parking garage at Burbank Metrolink station

November 15, 2011 |  2:32 pm

Burbank Metrolink bike parking
Bicyclists commuting from the Metrolink station in downtown Burbank now have their own parking facility, complete with 40 parking stalls and a repair stand.

Officials hope the addition will entice more people to use public transit.

Cyclists in the L.A. region have long complained about the lack of accommodations for their bikes at public transit hubs, but Burbank and state transportation officials on Monday touted the so-called Bike Stop as a major leap in convenience, the Burbank Leader reported.

The downtown Burbank Metrolink station is a busy hub for commuters from Antelope Valley and those working in Glendale and Los Angeles. The Bike Stop -- partially funded by the California Department of Transportation -- gives bicyclists a spot to park their bikes for free, instead of having to lug their equipment around from station to station.

The building comes equipped with a video surveillance system. Registered users will get an access code in advance to enter the facility and lock their bikes, officials said.

A small classroom space could be converted to accommodate more bikes in the future if demand outstrips availability.


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Photo: Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes demonstrates a parking stall at the newly opened Bike Stop at the downtown Burbank Metrolink station on Monday. Credit: Ross A. Benson / Times Community News