Bike Transit Center
Commissioned by the City of Pasadena through a grant by Metro, the Bike Transit Center is a unique bicycle storage system prototype for future systems along the Metropolitan Transit Authority Gold Line. The transit centers are envisioned as iconic and recognizable structures, signaling the emerging viability of alternative modes of transportation, and are designed to complement the growing network of commuter trains and bicycle routes throughout the Los Angeles region.
Serving the needs of an increasing number of bicycle commuters, the project stands in an alleyway directly across from the Memorial Park Station platform in Old Pasadena. The Bike Transit Center enclosure is created by a series of interwoven ribbons of steel pipe tubing that integrate the bike racks and structure. Computer-controlled bending machines efficiently produce the repetitive curves for a sturdy, lightweight, easily transportable and cost-effective structure. Polycarbonate and photovoltaic panels are seamlessly integrated into the form to provide shelter, security, energy, and visual interest. Comprising five-foot bays, it can expand or contract according to user needs.
1,425 sq ft
52-bicycle capacity (location/configuration specific)
CLIENT: City of Pasadena
PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Maria Iwanicki, Nuri Miller, Christopher Girt, Jeremy Schacht, Ted Rubenstein
ENGINEERS: Gilsanz Murray Steficek (Structural)
AWARDS: AIA Honor Award 2006, Los Angeles Business Council Award for Design Excellence 2009