than 1.5 million bicycles are reported stolen every year in the
United States and fear of bicycle theft is recognized as a significant
deterrent to bicycle use. The availability of safe and convenient
parking is as critical to bicyclists as it is for motorists and
yet it is frequently overlooked in the design and operation of shops,
offices, schools, and other buildings.
However, providing good quality bicycle parking that is going to
be used and useful is not quite as easy as leaving a “fence” or
“grid” style rack out by the back fence of the shopping plaza or
school yard and expecting cyclists to find and use it. Indeed, many
agencies are now adopting quite specific bicycle parking design,
location, and installation requirements.
The City of Portland, Oregon has published a straightforward
guide to bicycle parking that
covers the basics of the following;
- planning to install bike parking
- finding a good location
- choosing the type of rack
- short-term parking
- long term parking
- spacing and siting standards
- covered parking
- amount of parking
Parking By the Numbers
to install bike racks: $150 each (parks two bikes)
Cost to install bike lockers: $1000 each (parks two bikes)
Cost to provide car parking space: $2200 surface lot, $12,500 garage
Number of bike spaces in one car space: 10-12
How much do agencies charge to rent bicycle lockers?
A survey of local bicycle program managers in 2000 revealed the
following range of costs that agencies charge people to rent bicycle
University of California, Davis: $20 per quarter (10-12 weeks),
$20 key deposit, $10 per quarter for those commuting 10 miles
or more (one way).
Portland, Ore.: $10/month, $25/3 months, $45/6 months, $25 key
deposit. Rate structure assumed to cover locker costs over 10-year
San Francisco: $25/3 months, $45/6 months, $75/1 year, $25 refundable
Albuquerque, NM: Free lockers for downtown employees.
Madison: $75/1 year.
Cincinnati: Has 10 lockers in downtown. $40/6 months. Recent
increase in key deposit to cover lock replacents.
Caltrain: $5/month six months in advance, $25 refundable key
Maryland Mass Transit Admin: $25/3 months, $70/ year, $25 refundable
Washington DC Metro: $45/6 months, $70/year, $10 key deposit
Tucson: 54 lockers(108 spaces) in downtown, 54 lockers (108 spaces)
at select transit stops, $2/month, $7.50 refundable key deposit.
Santa Cruz, CA: $5 per month, $10 refundable key deposit (plus
$3 bicycle license). Agreement form
The City of Los Angeles has contracted out the management of bike
lockers in several locations in the city. The local bicycle user
group administers the program.
can I find a list of bicycle parking manufacturers?
of the sites referenced in this article on bicycle parking also
contain lists of bicycle parking manufacturers, including information
on whether they produce the kind of racks that meet the particular
requirements of the city or agency. The following list may not be
complete and does not endorse any one product over another.
First Bike Security
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