Boston Properties introduced bicycle parking at Reston Town Center in Reston, Va., to help their tenants and customers tackle public transportation challenges and restrictions.
The company is the first in the Washington D.C. region to partner with Bikeep, the San Francisco-based micromobility enabler.
The FABB (Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling) released the following statement, seeing the stations as a solution to fewer cars in the Town Center: “FABB commends Boston Properties for experimenting with these new, innovative racks. We think that they will prove useful and add another reason for locals to bike rather than drive to Town Center. We encourage riders to try them out.”
The stations were installed at the end of spring and are available for anyone who wants to commute via bike to the Reston Town Center. The stations allow users to lock and dock their bike on the frame and front wheel for maximum security. They are opened and closed with a contactless card or mobile app for free. The Bikeep stations also carry a loudspeaker alarm and camera surveillance.
“The D.C. area is one of the most business-centric places in the U.S. It is appreciated by so many commuters that they are taken care of and not alone when they cannot rely on other means of transportation," said Bikeep CEO Kristjan Lind. "Cycling is the healthiest, most sustainable means of commute and we are going to see the micromobility transform cities in the upcoming months as people are returning to work. I am particularly happy to have such a strong partnership with Boston Properties.”
Bikeep manufactures and develops smart bike docks that also work as charging stations for e-bikes. The company is involved with smart city concepts in Germany, Denmark and others, and hopes to further expand its presence in the D.C. region.