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Sportworks Launches Bicycle Transport Solution for Microtransit

April Johnson // 02.25.2022

WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Feb. 24, 2022 – Sportworks Global LLC (Sportworks) announces the addition of a new bike rack solution designed specifically for on-demand transit service. The Apex 1™ rack transports a single bicycle, offering a simple and streamlined solution for transit authorities operating smaller vehicles and for routes that require less bicycle capacity.

“More transit authorities are moving toward offering flexible on-demand service using smaller vehicles and at the same time are responding to increasing use of fat-tire and E-bikes and the need to accommodate these types of bicycles on-board.” said Eric Rayl, president of Sportworks. “We designed this version of the Apex rack for user-friendly transport of a standard or fat-tire bike.”

The Apex 1 rack features modular wheel trays, allowing for easy replacement of damaged trays, and the ability to configure the rack for use with the widest variety of bicycle types. The standard wheel trays will support bicycles with tires up to 3.2” in width; optional fat-tire wheel trays will accommodate tire widths up to 5.5”, enabling transport of a wide range of bicycles and E-bikes. All trays will accommodate wheelbases up to 48”, the longest in the market.

The rack is always deployed, minimizing moving parts and eliminating stowing of the rack when it is not in use. Even with the “bicycle-ready” design that is quick and easy for transit riders to secure their bike, the rack maintains safe vehicle operation with a smaller footprint for better vehicle turn radius, headlight, and turn signal visibility – characteristics that are consistent throughout the Apex series.

Apex transit racks are available in several models to accommodate up to three (3) bicycles. The company offers a full range of additional interior transit solutions, including luggage bay racks which are popular for coaches deployed on longer commuter bus routes, as well as interior bike racks for bus rapid transit lines and rail vehicles.

“We are committed to supporting the trends happening in the consumer bike market, and also have capability to quickly respond to innovations in the transit industry.” added Eric Rayl, president of Sportworks. “Our focus is on bicycle infrastructure that accommodates the first and last mile to support multi-modal transportation.”

Founded in 1990, Sportworks has designed and manufactured innovative bicycle transport solutions for buses, trains, and other modes of mass transit across the globe. Built on a reputation of on-time delivery, and high reliability, Sportworks manufactures a complete line of transit bicycle racks and bike parking solutions in Washington State.

ABOUT SPORTWORKS Sportworks bike racks for buses and railcars are preferred by cyclists and transit operators, and transport more than two million bikes per month worldwide. Designed and manufactured in the US with a focus on environmental sustainability, Sportworks transit bicycle racks and bike parking solutions promote the use of bicycles as a convenient and cost-effective mobility solution. For more information about Sportworks, visit sportworks.com

Silver Falls Capital Acquires Sportworks

April Johnson // 12.28.2021

WOODINVILLE, Wash – Dec. 28, 2021 - Silver Falls Capital has acquired privately-held Sportworks Northwest, Inc. (Sportworks). Based in Woodinville, Wash., Sportworks is a world leader in the design and manufacture of commercial bike parking solutions and bicycle racks for private and public sector transit vehicles.

Sportworks products are renowned for thoughtful engineering and design, and are preferred by cyclists and commuters. With a focus on environmental sustainability, the company’s solutions promote the use of bicycles as a convenient, equitable, and cost-effective mobility solution.

“Sportworks products are designed by cyclists, for cyclists,” said Paul de la Port, executive vice president and co-founder of Silver Falls Capital. “Their passion for the end customer is met with impeccable engineering and a relentless focus on serving transit authorities, commercial vehicle manufacturers, architects and facilities professionals. We are energized to participate in this growing industry and enabling climate-friendly, healthy forms of personal transportation.”

Founded in 1990, Sportworks has designed and manufactured innovative bicycle transport solutions for buses, trains, and other modes of mass transit across the globe. Built on a reputation of on-time delivery, innovative designs and high reliability, their solutions are the most widely deployed systems in the industry.

Sportworks has leveraged their experience and expertise from transport solutions to offer a complete line of vertical and horizontal bike parking systems and offer value-added services including design, planning, layout, and consultation for indoor and outdoor bike parking projects.

“We embrace the support, expertise, and strategic, long-term focus that Silver Falls Capital brings.” said Eric Rayl, president of Sportworks. “Their commitment to the industries we serve, and their strong value-driven business model closely matches ours – we are excited for this next phase in our business and the partnership that will shape the future of Sportworks.”

The company, under the new name, Sportworks Global LLC, will continue to manufacture products from its facility in Woodinville, Wash., and uphold the high-quality standards Sportworks is known for throughout the industries they serve. Eric Rayl will continue his leadership role as president, supported by the existing team of Sportworks employees.

For more information about Sportworks, visit www.sportworks.com

For more information about Silver Falls Capital, visit www.silverfallscapital.com


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