One thing great about Bike To Work Day is that some cities open bike facilities just in time to lure new folks to try bike-commuting. This year, the city of Covina has done just that. The Covina BikeHub opens for business this Thursday. The new hub is a secure bike-parking facility at the Covina Metrolink Station at 600 North Citrus Avenue. One-year membership is free for riders who sign up in person this month.
Streetsblog got an advance facility tour with Covina Mayor Pro-Tem Jorge Marquez. Marquez expressed his excitement for the new hub, and expressed his interest in Covina attracting and retaining millennials who are less inclined to drive, and more amenable to bicycling, walking, and transit. Marquez is interested in Covina building more transit-oriented development, and hopes to bring bike-share to Covina some day.
The Covina BikeHub is operated by BikeHub, the same company that runs the El Monte BikeHub. The look is similar to El Monte, though the Covina version is a simpler model, which does not include the small bike shop on premises. The Covina hub is secure single-room parking facility with space for 40 bicycles. Users need to sign up in advance to obtain a membership that enables one to access the automated door using one’s drivers license or other identification. Hub bike parking access is available 24/7. Members can also access a separate bathroom and washroom located at the east end of the parking lot.
The Covina BikeHub will host its opening day celebration on Bike To Work Day, this Thursday May 19. From 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. hub staff will be on hand to give bilingual Spanish/English tours of the facility. BikeHub is giving free one-year passes with in-person registration. Passes generally cost $5 for seven days, $12 for 30 days, or $60 for one year. To contact BikeHub, check its website or email covina [at] bikehub.com
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