Want to Open a Bike Shop in DTPHX? Downtown's First Bike Commuter Facility Could Be Your Chance

by Downtown Phoenix Inc.
Business Development Spotlight Travel, Shopping & Leisure Downtown Phoenix Inc. November 6, 2019

There are 65,000 daytime employees in Downtown Phoenix, with thousands more expected in the coming years, making commuting by bike and public transit an increasingly desirable option. (Photo: Jill Richards)

As more businesses, residents and students move into Downtown Phoenix, the need for pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, bike lanes and multi-modal transit options is only going to increase.

To help serve the growing number of people looking for car-free or parking-free transportation options in the urban core, Downtown Phoenix Inc., in partnership with Valley Metro, RED Development and the City of Phoenix, is seeking a vendor to sublet and operate a bike commuter facility on the ground floor of CityScape Phoenix.

In order to help get the space off the ground, RED Development is offering to provide all necessary improvements to the facility, with the help of downtown design firm and Phoenix Community Alliance member, SmithGroup.

All it needs is the right bike vendor, which will maintain full responsibility and control of the space. Downtown Phoenix Inc. opened a request for proposals (RFP) on Oct. 14, and is currently accepting applications until Jan. 7, 2020.

The first of its kind in the area, the proposed bike commuter space is located at 1 E. Washington Street in the space formerly occupied by Jos. A. Bank, and adjacent to one of four new light rail platforms constructed as part of the Valley Metro Downtown Hub.

It will offer various amenities, such as shower stalls, changing rooms, lockers, secure bike storage, and space for a retail operation. The goal is to make commuting to, from and around downtown easy and convenient for cyclists of all abilities.

It will be membership-based, offering 24-hour access via key card to locker rooms and bike storage, and during daytime business hours, offering bike repairs, maintenance, valet and other bike-related services.

A portion of the 3,506-square-foot space will be shared with Valley Metro, and be used as an information and transit hub.

For more information on the RFP, click here to view and download, and here to check out the scoring sheet.

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