Brooklyn-based bike parking pod company Oonee is growing its stable of publicly accessible and free bicycle parking rooms in New York City with an even bigger expansion in New Jersey, the company announced earlier this week.
The transportation startup unveiled its first full municipal bike parking program in Jersey City while relying on private developers and state agencies for space here, as the Big Apple bureaucracy falls behind its Garden State counterparts, according to Oonee’s founder.
“There’s no reason for New York City to continue to be a laggard,” Shabazz Stuart told Brooklyn Paper’s sister publication amNewYork Metro. “We can’t have a conversation about climate change until we get serious about bike parking.”
Based out of a small co-working space in Flatbush, the company debuted its modular vaults outside Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal Mall in 2019, offering 24-7 storage for up to 20 two-wheelers at a time, funded by advertising on the outside of the structure.
Now the entrepreneurs are working with private developers in Brooklyn and Queens, along with the state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to set up a handful of kiosks with dozens of parking spots at their properties.
At the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn developer Two Trees will set aside space for a 20-bike facility at River and N. First Street some time in 2022, near Domino Park and right next to the builder’s proposed two-tower, beach park mega-project River Ring.