Portland Airport opens bike station to let flyers (dis)assemble their bikes more easily

Portland, Oregon is known as one of the most bike-friendly cities around. In fact, it has recently been named the world’s second best cycling city (after Amsterdam and before Copenhagen). For travelers and airport staff, the city also makes it easy to take a bike on the light rail train that runs to and from Portland International Airport (PDX). Furthermore, PDX is one of the few airports with a bike path that connects to the airport. 

As many travelers visit Oregon and the state of Washington for bike tourism or to participate in the region’s popular bicycle races, PDX recently has opened a ‘bike assembly station’ where travelers can assemble and disassemble their bikes before and after flights. The new service helps cyclists more quickly prepare their bikes for travel, whether it’s away from the airport on the PDX bike path or for a return flight home. The bike station is also available to airport employees who bike to work. As an extra service, basic bike tools, such as a pedal wrench and air pump, are available for check-out at the Travel Oregon welcome center in the bag claim area. 

On a related note, and in what may be the first ever hotel ‘Bike & Fly’ program, the Aloft Portland Airport hotel offers its guests free storage. In an eco-friendly twist on traditional ‘Park & Fly’ programs, customers who travel light can cycle to the hotel, spend the night before their early-morning flight, and leave their bike in a locked storage area for up to 10 days without cost. 

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