Bicycle Parking Guidelines, 2nd Edition (2010)
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Bicycle Parking Guidelines, 2nd Edition: A set of recommendations from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is a tool for sustainable transportation. Bicycle parking is a critical strategy for promoting bicycling for transportation and recreation. Convenient, easily used, and secure bicycle parking encourages people to replace some of their car trips with bicycle trips and helps legitimize cycling as a transportation mode by providing parking opportunities equal to motorized modes. APBP encourages communities and professionals to use this document to make informed decisions about planning excellent spaces and facilities for people to park bicycles.
In the spring of 2002, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals published Bicycle Parking Guidelines, a basic guide to the selection and placement of bicycle racks specifically for short-term parking. Since then, the rapid growth of bicycling, particularly in urban areas, has led to many innovations in the field of bicycle parking. This second edition of Bicycle Parking Guidelines updates the original guide and adds material on long-term and sheltered parking, as well as event parking, in-street bicycle parking, and bicycle transit centers. The new edition is now a comprehensive resource for practitioners and includes (highlighted items are new to the second edition):
• General bicycle parking principles and definitions of bicycle parking terms
• Guidance for both short- and long-term bicycle parking
• Elements of a good rack or locker, including specific performance criteria
• Maintenance best practices
• Sample site plans and diagrams to help avoid blunders in rack and locker placement
• Sample quantity requirements for bicycle parking to meet need by land use
• A worksheet for programming bicycle parking for a building or cluster of buildings
• Abundant images and charts to illustrate concepts and conditions
APBP's 2002 document has been cited and included in many bicycle plans. This edition, Bicycle Parking Guidelines, 2nd edition, is appropriate for adoption by local agencies as official bicycle parking policy.
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INTRODUCTION TO 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. 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
2. The rack
3. The rack area
4. The rack area site
The discussion will focus on outdoor installations. The racks are intended to accommodate conventional, upright, single-rider bicycles. It is assumed the cyclist will use a solid, U-shaped lock, or a cable lock, or a combination of the two.