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Entrance to Forest Hills Bike Parking Facility

Entrance to Forest Hills Bike Parking Facility

David Watson uses the new bike cage

David Watson uses the new bike cage

September 29 was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Forest Hills T Bike Cage.

Ribbon Cutting at Forest Hills Bike Palace

Ribbon Cutting at Forest Hills Bike Palace

As speakers were giving accolades, they mused on various improvements on the word “cage”. One observer offered “bike palace”; I like that!  As the second enclosed bike parking facility in the MBTA system (the first is at Alewife at the northern terminus of the Red Line in Cambridge), and the first in the city of Boston, the cage uses a different 2-level rack system that can accommodate more than 60 bicycles.

JP resident using the parking facility

JP resident using the parking facility

While not the most beautiful piece of architecture (think chain link fence), the security of the facility is enhanced by bright lighting, and video surveillance.  I was really impressed by the speakers at the event — especially outgoing MA Secretary of Transportation Jim Aloisi, MassBike Executive Director David Watson, and Boston Bikes Director Nicole Freedman.

2nd level bike parking at Forest Hills

2nd level bike parking at Forest Hills

Access to the facility requires a Bike Charlie Card, available at the customer service booth at the T station.  With the new sharrow and bike lane infrastructure between Forest Hills and Roslindale via Washington Street, things are looking up for bicycling in Boston!

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