Sunday, May 07, 2006

Bicycle Parking Information

This FHWA document is the best overview of bicycle parking requirements that I’ve found. It includes the design specifications for facilities as well as a model parking ordinance from Madison, WI.

http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov//ped_bike/univcourse/pdf/swless22.pdf

The Santa Cruz Bicycle Parking Ordinance is similar to the Madison version but contains more detailed specifications.

http://www.bikeplan.com/sc-ord.htm

The MassBike site has a wealth of bicycling information, including this comprehensive page regarding bicycle parking:

http://www.massbike.org/bikelaw/parking.htm

The MassBike page includes information on bicycle parking laws, bicycle parking facilities, parking device manufacturers and much, much more. It’s almost a one-stop guide to bicycle parking websites.

Finally, here are some websites that show how bicycle racks can be utilized as public art, advertising, and even store entrance security:

http://www.timberform.com/index.cfm?content.display&pageID=73

http://www.bicyclela.org/Parking.htm

http://www.dero.com/funky.html

One requirement should be that any bicycle rack be both pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly. That is, it should not present any hazards to pedestrian travel and should be free of sharp edges and corners. Likewise, it should not be capable of damaging a bicycle or it will go unused. Unfortunately, some of the public art/ bicycle racks do not meet these requirements.

Bicycle racks that form company logos or names are an interesting, novel approach and may be more attractive to businesses, but could introduce conflicts with signage ordinances.

The ubiquitous security bollards that protect building entrances from motor vehicles can be utilized as bicycle racks. These are the same devices installed just outside the main entrance at Target. They’re attractive, functional, and pedestrian friendly.

3 Comments:

Blogger Fritz said...

Ahh, Santa Cruz CA. I'll try to remember to bring a camera the next time I'm out there, but Santa Cruz is filled with these godawful bidirectional counterflow bike lanes. I'm not really sure what to call them, because there's also a curb between the road and the bike facility thing.

These facilities are in residential and commercial areas with lots of cross traffic and parking entrances for beaches and businesses. The city has posted signs instructing drivers to "LOOK" and an arrow pointing both directions; I have no idea how many drivers don't look right when they're turning right in spite of the sign.

These bike facilities are in slow traffic areas too -- IIRC 25 mph or maybe less -- on narrow roads (narrowed because of the four feet or so taken up by these bidirectional bike lanes). Santa Cruz is widely regarded as a "bike-friendly" city, but these facilities are ridiculous. I don't think Santa Cruz has a mandatory sidepath rule but I haven't tested it yet.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Fritz said...

Here's a photo from Santa Cruz here. You can't see the bike lane really, but you can see some of the signage that results to help sort out the mess.

3:43 PM  
Blogger gwadzilla said...

need to get back to these links
trying to slow traffic on my road
too much speeding in front of my house
I have become one of those people
but
those people make sense
measured the width
now working on the division
will want to look at some of these links
so I can plan things with some thought
not trying to reinvent the wheel
just trying to get some stuff done

10:14 PM  

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