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Bicycle Parking Guidelines

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.

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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.

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Sample Bicycle Parking Ordinances



Additional Resources:
  • 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:

Video on Installing Bicycle Parking:


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