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Parking Authority offering free access to secure bike parking facility downtown

The Parking Authority of Baltimore is offering bicyclists a year of free access to its secured bicycle parking facility in the Lexington Street Garage near downtown.
The Parking Authority of Baltimore is offering bicyclists a year of free access to its secured bicycle parking facility in the Lexington Street Garage near downtown. (Handout courtesy of Parking Authority of Baltimore)

The Parking Authority of Baltimore is offering bicyclists a year of free access to its secured bike parking facility near downtown for the cost of the card to swipe inside.

The bike facility, a restricted-access space with 50 bike racks inside the Lexington Street Garage near War Memorial Plaza, was created in 2013 to provide a safe space for bikes for commuters who can't take them into their offices.

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The Parking Authority established a monthly fee of $8 for access to the facility.

And since then, only two bicyclists have taken them up on the offer.

To drum up more interest, the authority is now offering a free year of access to those willing to pay $10 for an access card, said Tiffany James, an authority spokeswoman.

Users must provide their own locks.

In addition to the racks, which are "protected from the elements" and "not visible to passersby," the facility has a "fix it station" complete with tools and pumps to fix a flat tire or a detached chain, James said.

As for the 48 open spots, the authority's policy is "First Come, First Served."

The garage is located at 510 E. Lexington St.

Those interested must fill out an application on the authority's website, parking.baltimorecity.gov.

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