Midtown Greenway bike station in the works

The City Council voted Nov. 4 to approve plans for a Midtown Greenway Bike Station, located near the former Sears building at Lake Street & Chicago Avenue. The site now features an old train shed.

The station would have approximately 200 short-term bike parking spaces, as well as long-term spaces, bike rentals, repairs, concessions and locker room facilities - with showers.

The station is intended to serve more than 5,000 bike riders and will cost an estimated $546,000, according to a project summary submitted at the City Council's Oct. 25 Transportation and Public Works Committee meeting.

As the plan stands, the city would construct the station, and Allina, the Sears building's future tenant, would operate and maintain it for at least the next 20 years. The project would start in late 2005 or in 2006 and hopefully be completed by next summer.

The city review of the project states that the concept for the station is the result of work between the city, Midtown Greenway Coalition and the city's Bicycle Advisory Committee.