Overnight bike parking/storage at Stilson boon to pathways

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Friends of Pathways (FOP) and Teton Village Association (TVA) announced they will install five bike lockers and racks for ten bikes at the Stilson Transit Center park-n-ride lot. With the availability of overnight parking, commuters can cycle to any destination along Highway 390, all the way to Teton Village and beyond, as well as pedal into town on the bike path along Highway 22.

“With the final stretch of pathway from Town to Teton Village completed, convenient and secure bike parking is one way that Teton Village can expand our multimodal transportation system immediately,” said Melissa Turley, director of TVA. “We are working to provide as many solutions as possible to give people more transportation choice, so they can get out of traffic and enjoy everything that living in Jackson Hole has to offer.”

Bicycle lockers are closed containers that provide secure long-term bicycle parking. While sidewalk bike racks are intended for short periods of time, lockers provide options for long term use by protecting bikes from weather and theft. FOP reps say demand for bike parking is on the rise in Teton County. During a survey of town in 2015, Friends of Pathways found more than 150 bike racks in the town limits. Many businesses have requested additional parking to accommodate the number of bikes parked in front of their business.

Katherine Dowson, executive director of FOP, said the installation of long term, weatherproof bike parking is a part of a larger project to build our network of transportation choices and make Teton County healthier. Now people who live too far away to commute by bike can drive or ride the START Bus to Stilson, pick up their bike from their locker, and take the pathways to work, she said. “It’s certainly more fun than sitting in traffic, plus you can get outside, get a little exercise, and take one car off the road for everyone else.”

Last summer Path22 at the Skyline Tunnel had an average of 200 trips a day, with peak counts around 350. With the recent completion of the final Path22 segment, cycling trips are expected to increase. People interested in renting locker space can contact Jack Koehler at Friends of Pathways, (307) 733-4534. Lockers are available for $25/month.

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