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Oonee arrives: now there's attended, nearly-free, bike parking near Barclays

As I've wrote in July, the promise of 400 secure, attended indoor free bike parking spaces for Barclays Center visitors has been attenuated to--for now--100 outdoor unattended spots.

And while the decrease in the number of spaces is plausible, based on demand and the emergence of CitiBike and other options, the diminished promise saves the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park developers, no longer operating the arena, a decent sum.

Now comes Oonee, "a secure community bicycle parking room for local residents, area workers and visitors," with its first Brooklyn "pod," offering 20 spaces on Atlantic Avenue outside Atlantic Terminal across from Barclays. It was unveiled last Friday, with Borough President Eric Adams, Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and local Council Member Laurie Cumbo.

It's not free, but the price is modest--$1 a day, or $4.99 a month, as the Brooklyn Paper reported--since it's subsidized by advertising.
Big plans

Oonee, which has a previously established site in Jersey City, has big ambitions, planning "20,000 secure bike parking spaces." The components are modular.

Here's founder Shabazz Stuart's 11/18/19 Sneak Peek: Brooklyn’s New Bike Parking Station:
The Atlantic Terminal kiosk, slated to launch by the end of the month, will represent our most ambitious effort yet. With this installation, we’re thinking beyond bike parking by introducing new service features that will please pedestrians and cyclists alike.

The installation includes (to quote Stuart, with slight editing):
  • Enhanced Lighting: We’ve included upgraded interior lights, which activate at dusk. 
  • E-bike Charging Stations: We’ve included interior charging outlets for powered bikes and scooters.
  • Air Pump: An air pump will be available on the interior of the kiosk for riders who need a tire pressure boost.
  • Exterior Cell Phone Charging: The kiosk’s exterior will offer public USB charging stations for mobile phones and other devices.
  • Base Planters: Our installations already come with lush plantings on the roof, but we’re taking it to the next level at Atlantic Terminal. The kiosk will be accompanied by six planters (three on each side).
  • Exterior Ambient Lighting: The breezeway between the kiosk and main building will be illuminated by the interior lights (via the side window) as well as several ground level lighting fixtures.
  • Irrigated Roof: The kiosk’s rooftop plantings will be a bit greener thanks to our new energy efficient irrigation system. 
Here's coverage in the Brooklyn Eagle, which noted "Stuart plans to announce more Oonee Pod locations around the city in the future."

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