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More MetroBike stations set to open

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 17, 2014

On April 22, Capital Metro will open six new bike shelters - at MetroRail’s Plaza Saltillo, MLK Jr., Highland and Lakeline stations, and at the Tech Ridge Park & Ride and South Congress Transit Center.

The fully-enclosed shelters have space for 24 standard or electric bikes. They also have sitting areas for changing shoes, work stands with tools for minor bike repairs and air pumps to make refilling tires easy. Those with a membership get card-key access from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily.

The entry cards cost $30 and are available online at www.capmetro.org/metrobike. They’re valid for 12 months and allow access to any of the seven MetroBike shelters in the system.

A grand opening celebration is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. April 22 at Plaza Saltillo, Fifth and Comal streets. The event will feature live music by Conjunto Los Pinkeys, demonstrations of bike shelter features, bike-related giveaways and refreshments.

The first MetroBike Shelter opened at the Kramer MetroRail Station in August 2012. Capital Metro later got a $554,000 FTA Livability Grant and the City of Austin provided an additional $50,000 of matching funds to help build six more shelters, according to a press release from CapMetro.