New downtown bike station
Mayor Francis Slay was on hand to open the new bicycle commuter station Thursday.

ST. LOUIS • Bicyclists now have a place to park their bikes, to shower and even to get some repairs done with the formal opening of the region's first bicycle commuter station.

The facility, located at 1011 Locust Street, formally opened today with a brief ceremony.

"We're here to make St. Louis a more attractive and sustainable place to live — a place where it's easier to get around in," said Mayor Francis Slay. "Of course, with the high cost of fuel and people's interest in wanting to get to places in a more efficient and more economical way, we're trying to make St. Louis a better place to do all that."

The new 1,400-square-foot Downtown Bicycle Station features more than 100 bicycle racks and 70 lockers. There also are five showers and key-coded separate facilities for men and women.

The hours are 4 a.m. to midnight.

Memberships are $20 a month or $150 a year. You can find out more about it at www.downtownbicyclestation.com.

"I've heard so many people say that they would consider riding a bicycle to work if they had a place to shower. Now there is a place," Slay said. "I've heard complaints that there isn't a good place to store their bicycles. Now there is a place."

Ken Leiser is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.