The Bicycle Cellar

TEMPE, AZ -- According to the ASU Police Department, hundreds of bikes are stolen every year on campus.

That's one of the reasons owners said the Bicycle Cellar opened in Tempe on 5th Street and Forrest, right next to the bus and light rail stops.

"I think it's a great idea, I hope a lot of people use it, said Everett Scoffield, an ASU student.

Memberships start at $120 per year.

That includes storing your bike and access to the showers.

"If you're going to school and you have to go to your job or something like that, you can shower. That's cool because on campus you're sweating all day," said Jarred Smith, an ASU student.

If you want a locker, it'll cost you another $36 each year, but owners said the whole idea is built around convenience for students and working professionals.

"You could leave the house and do your showering here, have your locker, have your stuff, jump in on the train and go to work and vice versa," said John Romero, Bicycle Cellar partner.

The Bicycle Cellar's air-conditioned facility has key card entry and 24-hour video surveillance.

Shop hours are 4 a.m. until midnight."I mean, it's a lot better than getting your bike stolen," said Smith.

"For us, it bridges the gap of people who have thought about commuting, want to try it out, but weren't sure how to do it," said Romero.

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Bicycle Cellar co-owner John Romero answers questions on Wednesday. The full-service facility provides amenities such as lockers, showers, repairs, parts and accessories.Bicycle Cellar membership

Where: Ground level at the Tempe Transportation Center, 200 E Fifth St.
Hours: Staffed 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monthly and yearly memberships offer additional access after-hours from 4 a.m. to opening and as late as midnight.
Pricing: Membership is limited to about 300. First 100 members will pay the lowest rates of $25 monthly and $120 yearly.
Memberships increase on a scaled rate based on demand for people who join in the 101 to 200, 201 to 300, and 301 to 350 groups.
Daily memberships of $3 are available during staff hours on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Lockers are available for an additional price of $36 yearly, $8 monthly and $1 daily.
Contest: The first 100 members are entered into a drawing to win a free bike.
Contact: 602-312-5136 or 602-531-4985; or
More information:
Ground level at the Tempe Transportation Center
200 E Fifth StreetSuite 105 Tempe, AZ 85281

Last year in the City of Tempe, we had 668 stolen bicycles reported.
The statistics show that bicycle theft is on the rise. A majority of our residents use bicycles as their mode of transportation.
Many bicycles are easily stolen because they are not locked at all!
Always lock your bike, even at home. More bikes are stolen from home than from any other location.
Lock your bike to a fixed, immovable object like a parking meter or permanent bike rack that is cemented or anchored to the ground.
Always lock your bike in a visible and well-lighted area.
Select a location where there are other bikes.
The best choice of lock is a strong, reliable U-lock to meet your security needs.
Remember, two locks are better than one.
The more time and trouble it takes for a thief to attack your bike, the less likely it is that your bike will become a theft statistic.

Several local bicycle shops will register your bicycle to help determine ownership if it is stolen. The above bicycle tips have been provided to help you avoid getting your bike ripped off.
Now your in luck The Bicycle Cellar has conveniences for people who ride public transportation to work in Tempe or for ASU faculty members or students who want a safe place to park their bikes overnight.
Storage lockers are available, as are tools for minor bike repairs and air for tires.
During the day, help is available for more complicated repairs.
Remember, be careful and always ride safely.

1 comment:

FraSiec said...

thanks for the post.

If you ever had a bike stolen, you quickly realize that you are pretty much on your own.

Nice to see someone is catering to the bicycle community in some way about this problem.