Just in time for Bike to Work Week, the City of Santa Ana announced it is the first city in Orange County to install integrated modular bike huts. What is an integrated modular bike hut? It's an enclosed place where you can safely store your bike–for a fee, of course.
"The Santa Ana Bike Huts offer enclosed, secure bike parking where monthly and annual members can store their bikes for the day or for a short duration," reads the city's announcement released Monday. "Each unit is accessible via a card reader or key code, and is equipped with vertical tracks to support/lock 12 bicycles. They are solar powered, have security lighting and video surveillance."
Two huts have been installed Downtown, one is in the Civic Center and one is at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center. Monthly parking is $6 and an annual membership is $50. (Register or get more information at: www.santa-ana.org/bikehuts.)
Sounds great … so long as no one moves a family into one or uses them as public restrooms.
"It's exciting to launch a program like this," says Councilwoman Michele Martinez, "a long proponent for bicycling," in the release. "Santa Ana is the first city to install these safe and easily accessible modular bike parking facilities, proving our commitment to furthering active transportation."
Funding came via a Federal Transit Authority Transportation Enhancements grant for "first mile/last mile" options for individuals transferring from transit or Metrolink to places of employment or business districts. The huts are provided by Orange County-based Acire Inc. under their BikeConnect brand.