Library and Mountain Line Open New Bike Station May 15th

Date & Time: May 15, 2014 12:30 pm

Location: South Entrance to the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main Street, Missoula

WHY: To celebrate the Commuter Challenge message that leaving your car at home saves money, time and pollution.  MPL’s Bike Station provides covered parking for bicycles, a self-  service bike repair station loaded with tools, tire pump, and plenty of new places to lock a bike.

The Missoula Public Library in partnership with Mountain Line launches new services for patrons who ride their bike to the library.  With its theme “MPL in Motion” the Library invites the public to the ribbon cutting for its new bike station Thursday, May 15th, 12:30 PM.

The MPL Bike Station offers biking amenities that make it easier for patrons to travel by bike and bus to reach library services.  The covered facility at the Library’s south entrance features secure parking for bicycles, a self-serve bike repair station that includes tools, an air compressor, and a vending machine with bike essentials in addition to snacks and drinks.  All services are available to the public, with signs at the Front Street bus stop to indicate their location.

“Mountain Line is proud to coordinate the launch of the third Bike Station in Missoula,” said Michael Tree, general manager at the bus company.  “The new bike station at the library furthers a community vision to encourage the use of all types of transportation.”

Alexandria Stokman, program supervisor at Missoula in Motion noted, “These new facilities encourage more people to choose biking in combination with busing for not only their work trips but for errands and recreation.”

The upgrades were made possible by a $134,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration.  Current bike stations in Missoula are located at the Mountain Line downtown transportation center and the Lewis & Clark transportation center on South West Higgins.  A fourth bike station is being planned for the Southgate Mall later this summer.