EL MONTE (CBSLA.com) — City officials Monday announced the grand opening of the first secure bicycle parking facility in El Monte.

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined officials from L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and members of the San Gabriel Valley Bicycle Community to reveal the $635,000 high-capacity facility at the El Monte station.

The Metro El Monte Bike Hub will provide services for bicycle commuters, including controlled entry under closed-circuit TV surveillance, folding bike rentals, same-day repairs, bike-related clinics and accessory sales.

The 1,100-square-foot facility is the first of five planned hubs that will add about 700 secure bicycle-parking spaces at stations countywide, Metro authorities explained.

According to city officials, the addition of hubs are a key strategy to make it easier for bicyclists to access the Metro system.

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