A bike station is a bicycle parking facility that offers a range of additional services.
Typical bike station facilities can include:
- Bike storage
- Bike repair and pumps
- Cycle sales
- Bike hire
- Providing cycling information, e.g. maps, routes etc
- Bike wash
- Cafés and restaurants
- Clothes storage
- Clothes washing/drying
- Cycle training
There are many bike station across Europe, ranging from small sites at train stations offering parking and simple bike repair to large sites offering a range of facilities such as Munster in Germany (3,300 bikes) and Leiden in Holland (7,000 bikes).
The space-efficient Josta 2-tier rack is a popular choice to achieve convenient, neat and organised high capacity parking. A major benefit is that each person has their own space, unlike with other simpler systems, such as Sheffield type stands.
Josta 2-tier racks are now installed at bike stations across Europe, including:
- Germany (Muenster, Essen, Duisburg. Lingen)
- The Netherlands (Groningen, Utrecht, Leiden)
- Belgium (Gent)
- Italy (Brescia, opening in 2008)
In the USA, the term BikeStation is a branded concept/organisation. In these BikeStations, access is controlled electronically, with users signing up for a program.
There are also other bike stations that are not part of the branded BikeStation group,
e.g. the Millennium Park bike station in Chicago Los Angeles, California Pasadena, California