May 7, 2012
Bike-Parking Promise Broken at Nets Stadium
One possible outcome for outdoor bike-parking
Last year, we heard that the Barclays Center—where the Nets will play basketball, and where Jay-Z and Leonard Cohen will play concerts—would feature a bike-parking facility that could hold up to 400 bicycles. This morning, we hear that’s no longer the case. Developer Forest City Ratner admitted last week that accommodations for 400 bikes, for the foreseeable future, will be made with racks on the sidewalks, Streetsblog reports—even though “one of the commitments the developer made was to ‘provide any ticketholder traveling to the arena by bicycle with free indoor bicycle storage in a secure, manned facility designed to accommodate at least 400 bicycles on the arena block.'”
It’s still possible that outdoor bike-parking could be secured and staffed by Barclays, but it’s unclear whether that’ll be the case, Atlantic Yards Watch reports. At the least, it appears the developer will have broken its promise to provide shelter for parked bikes.
Such shelter will be in the basement of the project’s Building 3, FCR said, though construction on non-stadium-related portions of the project has stalled, and there’s no timeline as to when Building 3 might be built.
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