The lack of a secure parking space keeps many people from using their bikes for basic transportation. Leaving a bicycle unattended, even for short periods, can easily result in damage or theft. Finding a bike rack that doesn't work or isn't conveniently located makes for a frustrating experience. Use the resources below to improve bicycle parking in your community.
|Bicycle Parking Guidelines||
|NOTE: An updated 2nd Edition of this document is now available for $40 at http://www.apbp.org/?page=Publications
LMB owns a copy, contact John at LMB office:
A set of recommendations form the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (ABBP): http://www.apbp.org/
The purpose of this document is to assist with the selection and placement of appropriate bicycle racks for shortterm parking. Four major components will be discussed.
1. The rack element. This device supports the bicycle.
2. The rack. It is important to understand how bikes interact with each other when rack elements are assembled together.
3. Combining of multiple racks into a bicycle parking lot.
4. Locating the rack, and the relationship of the rack to the building entrance it serves and the cyclists' approach to that entrance.
|Retailers Guide to Implementing Effective Bicycle Parking||
|Attract Customers to Your Doorstep.
Accommodate More Customers in Less Space.
Eliminate Hazards and Clutter.
Promote Community Goodwill.
PROVIDING EFFECTIVE BICYCLE PARKING Providing effective bicycle parking makes good business sense. Implementing effective bicycle parking facilities attracts customers directly to your doorstep. It prevents hazards and clutter, and it helps make the retail neighborhood attractive. Where car parking is tight, every customer arriving on a bike leaves a car parking space free for someone else.
- Meridian Twp, MI
- Kalamazoo, MI
- Houghton, MI
- Grand Rapids, MI (Section 5.2.21 and 5.10.05 (3B), also search "bicycle" for additional bicycle parking references)
- E. Lansing, MI
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Lansing, MI
- Cambridge (Bicycle Parking Guide)
- New York City - Applies to all new construction moving forward. NY also passed additional legislation, which applies to existing commercial buildings and mandates bicycle access for tenants, an important note for communities with older building stocks.
- Santa Cruz
- Cleveland – Passed July, 2008
- Pittsburgh (PDF)
- Philadelphia Ordinance (PDF) – Passed May, 2009
- Philadelphia Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Victoria Transport Policy – Bicycle Parking, Storage and Changing Facilities
- Netherlands (PDF) – Standards for bicycle parking systems
- Portland – Bicycle Parking Facilities Guidelines
- Portland – Article archives on bike parking
- Portland – Bicycle parking fund ( Allows developers whose buildings have inadequate space within 50 feet of the main entrances, and no required short-term bicycle parking on-site, to pay a fee to the Office of Transportation. The fees are used by the Portland Office of Transportation (PDOT) to install bicycle parking in the right-of-way.)
- Portland – Interactive downtown bike parking map
- Portland – Art rack guidelines
- Portland – Bike Corrals, Local Business Impacts, Benefits, and Attitudes
- CycleSafe – MICHIGAN MADE bicycle parking (custom rack options)
- Duo-Guard – MICHIGAN MADE bicycle shelters
- Dero Bike Rack Co. – Minneapolis, MN made bicycle parking (custom rack options)
- Saris - Madison, WI made bicycle parking
- Park-a-Bike – Sacramento, CA made bicycle parking (Fund Finder tool) (YouTube Channel)
- Creative Metalworks – Oregon made bicycle parking (custom rack options)
- Bicycles at rest - a bicycle parking best practices resource
- Valet Bicycle Parking – How to
- StreetsBlog.org – A report by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (PDF) highlights the new wave of parking policy innovation that could pay huge dividends for sustainable transport and livable streets. If your city aspires to make streets safe, improve the quality of transit, and foster bicycling, then your city needs a coherent parking policy.
- Marquette – In June, 2011, Marquette city installed 11 unique bike racks, each with a different symbol representing Marquette culture, such as a bicycle, ore boat, sailboat, sled dog, snowshoes and a cross-country skier.
- Bike Fix-It Station – Features several tools and a bike pump. Cyclists can hang their bikes on the station and use the tools to make repairs.
Local Bike Parking Inventory Maps:
- Traverce City
- Meridian Towship
Video on Installing Bicycle Parking: