The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is adding free secure bicycle parking enclosures at three new sites – the Midtown Bus Terminal, the Harrison PATH Station and Hudson Square – with the service set to begin in late summer.
The new storage units are being introduced in partnership with Oonee, a Brooklyn-based operator of bike pods across the New York-New Jersey region that currently manages a 20-bike facility at PATH Journal Square. Oonee is installing the new units at no cost to PANYNJ, based on advertising revenue generated by digital screens mounted on the pods.
“As the cyclist community continues to grow, we recognize the challenges – and opportunities – in providing safe and convenient bike parking facilities,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “These three new Oonee locations take into account those needs of cyclists using our facilities and the surrounding neighborhoods.”
“The Port Authority continues to look for ways to provide additional secure bicycle options at our facilities, reflecting the growing commitment to expanded biking options for employees, customers and other patrons across agency’s facilities,” added PANYNJ Executive Director Rick Cotton. “We are delighted to be working with a local, Brooklyn-based company to achieve these goals.”
In addition to the rollout of new storage pods, those living, working or visiting the World Trade Center (WTC) campus or its vicinity can now utilize an interactive map that includes biking information and provides hyperlocal information on bicycle access routes in and around the WTC, as well as an updated map of the campus.
Oonee pods feature security cameras, air pumps, secure door accessed via mobile app, interior and exterior lighting, and theft insurance. They will soon begin introducing smart racks for those parking without a lock.
“We are extremely excited to partner with the Port Authority on this important regional project. Bicycle parking that is protected from weather, vandalism and theft are essential at the beginning and end of trips in order for the bicycle to become a truly viable means of transportation,” said Shabazz Stuart, founder and CEO of Oonee. “As such, these new facilities will substantially improve the experience of PATH and Port Authority Bus Terminals customers as well as the quality of life in the Hudson Square community. We cannot wait to begin the installation process."
The new locations will be outside the Harrison PATH station, on PANYNJ property at Hudson Square near the Holland Tunnel at Canal Street and Hudson Streets, and along 42nd Street on Midtown Bus Terminal property. The Harrison PATH Station will feature two Oonee "Minis" with capacity for eight bicycles each. The Hudson Square and bus terminal will have full Oonee Pods, able to store up to 20 bikes. Spaces in the pod are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cyclists can register online.