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Everything You Need to Know About Oone Bike Parking in Jersey City

by Evelyn Ibarra
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Cyclists of Jersey City, you’ll be glad to know that Jersey City has teamed up with Oonee, a Brooklyn-based company specializing in secure urban bike storage, to implement a municipal secure bike parking system. In recent years, cycling has been on the rise in Jersey City and Hudson County. COVID-19 brought about a dramatic increase in bicycle sales and biking activities in response to the pandemic. Read on to learn how this new bike parking company will improve biking in Jersey City.

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^ Oone pod being built in Jersey City

(Photo credit: @ooneepod)

Biking in Jersey City

In 2020, Jersey City rolled out a plan to install protected bike lanes throughout the city, using parked cars, curbs, planters, or bollards to separate cyclists from passing traffic. So far, 6.7 miles of bike lanes have been completed and an additional 2.7 additional miles are planned, according to the Jersey City website about protected bike lanes. According to the City, the average daily bike usage for the currently protected lanes is approximately 2,225 bikes being used in the bike lanes, per day (between May 1, 2020, and October 31st, 2020). 

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With increased bike use has come an increase in bicycle theft as well. As of 2016, New Jersey State Police reported that Hudson County had more reported bike thefts than any other county in the state, with Jersey City accounting for a large number of those thefts. 

With the Oonee bike parking, Jersey City will be the first city in the nation to implement a secure city bike system.

About Oonee 

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(Photo credit: @ooneepod)

Oonee is a Black and Brown-owned Brooklyn-based civic startup, founded with the principles of lowering any obstacles that would prevent cyclists from using bikes as a form of transportation. After co-Founder Shabazz Stuart’s third bike was stolen in five years, he realized there was a big need for secure parking for bicycles to increase ridership and eliminate a common hurdle for those looking to ride. Shabazz spent more than a year meeting with cyclists, transportation advocates, urban planners, real estate developers, and public space managers to discuss the options that were being offered for bike storage. It became apparent to Shabazz that an impactful solution would require a completely new and fresh approach to bike storage. This led to the start of Oonee.

We believe that micro-mobility (bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters, etc) is a crucial part of the 21st-century urban landscape. These vehicles help make cities more livable by reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions and creating more pleasant streetscapes,” Oonee states on its website. “We are broadly committed to ensuring that our infrastructure is equitable and accessible to all regardless of wealth, language, race, immigration status, or other demographic factors.”

Unlike conventional bike storage, Oonee is designed to enhance public spaces.  Oonee’s customizable storage pods are meant for cyclists to use to secure parking.  The customizable pods come in different colors and sizes, adapt to different spaces, and offer options for branding opportunities directly on the pod. The stations can also provide seating, benches, and greenery, making it visually appealing as well.  The pod can be accessed with a coded keycard or cellphone app, and Oonee provides each user with insurance to cover the appreciated value of their bike. 

Oonee in Jersey City 

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(Photo credit: @ooneepod)

Oonee has teamed up with Jersey City to bring 30 secure bike stations planned to pop up across the city in the near future. Oonee pods offer spots for 20 bicycles and scooters on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is currently one station in Journal Square by the Journal Square PATH station, which is a pilot program that helped give the community insight into the demand for the system. Journal Square has the second-highest bike theft after Downtown Jersey City, so The Journal Square Business Improvement District recommended Oonee. The Jersey City system will be free to the public and sponsored through advertisement revenue and sponsorship.         

Jersey City commuters may have noticed a trailer-like structure outside the Journal Square PATH station, with people wheeling bikes in and out of it. The structure is a modular, secure, bike parking pod built and operated by Oonee Bike Parking. Its installation at the Journal Square Station in Jersey City is part of a pilot program for the city. Read on to learn how this new bike parking company will improve biking in Jersey City.

Biking in Jersey City

Oone Bike Parking jc

(Photo credit: @ooneepod)

In 2020, Jersey City rolled out a plan to install protected bike lanes throughout the city, using parked cars, curbs, planters, and bollards to separate the cyclists from passing traffic. So far, 6.7 miles of bike lanes have been completed and an additional 2.7 additional miles are planned, according to the Jersey City website about protected bike lanes. According to the City, the average daily bike usage for the currently protected lanes is approximately 2,225 bikes being used in the bike lanes, per day (between May 1, 2020, and October 31st, 2020). 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of bicyclists increased. Bike shops could barely keep up with inventory because of the demand. People were trying out new ways to commute, exercise, and explore their communities. With increased bike use, has come an increase in bicycle theft as well. Hundreds of bikes are stolen each year, and many go unreported to the police. 

With the Oonee bike parking pods, Jersey City will be the first city in the nation to implement a secure bike parking system.

About the Pods

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(Photo credit: @ooneepod)

Oonee is designed to enhance public spaces because the exterior of the pod can be used for artwork, advertising, or other designs. The customizable pods come in different colors and sizes, adapt to different spaces, and offer options for branding opportunities directly on the pod. Seating and greenery can be added to the pod as well.  And, because the pods are adaptable, they can be used in different settings. For example, bringing in extra pods for a festival or large community gathering; moving pods from an out-of-service subway station, or having flexible numbers of pods at a building like a school where the population changes seasonally. 

The pod can be accessed with a coded keycard or cellphone app, and OOne provides each user with insurance to cover the appreciated value of their bike.

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Oonee is a Black and Brown-owned Brooklyn-based civic startup. After co-Founder Shabazz Stuart’s third bike was stolen in five years, he realized there was a big need for secure parking for bicycles to increase ridership and eliminate a common hurdle for those looking to ride. Shabazz spent more than a year meeting with cyclists, transportation advocates, urban planners, real estate developers, and public space managers to discuss the options that were being offered for bike storage. This led to the start of Oonee.

Find Oonee in Jersey City

Oonee has teamed up with Jersey City to bring 30 secure bike stations planned to pop up across the city in the near future. Oonee pods offer spots for 20 bicycles and scooters on a first-come, first-served basis. Currently, the use of the pods is free. Users can set up an account online to reserve space in advance. 

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