Essentials of Bike Parking: Selecting and Installing Bike Parking that Works (2015)

Bike parking sign.

APBP prepared Essentials of Bike Parking for people planning to purchase or install bike parking fixtures on a limited scale. It is a brief overview of APBP’s comprehensive Bicycle Parking Guidelines handbook. This 12-page guide covers the following topics:

• Site planning for short- and long-term parking
• Installation
• Bicycle rack selection--including performance criteria, rack styles, and materials and coatings
• Placement and spacing

This guide may be freely distributed and used for any non-commercial purpose.
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Bicycle Parking Guidelines, 2nd Edition (2010)
Price: $20 for APBP members / $45 for non-APBP members
Bicycle Park GuidelinesClick here to purchase the PDF - will arrive in 1-2 business days. 

Read or download the Executive Summary

From the Introduction to the Executive Summary:
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.

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals published the original Bicycle Parking Guidelines, a basic guide to the selection and placement of bicycle racks specifically for short-term parking, in 2002. Since then, the rapid growth of bicycling, particularly in urban areas, has led to many innovations in the field of bicycle parking. The 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 2nd Edition is a comprehensive resource for practitioners and includes:

  • 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

Bicycle Parking Guidelines, 2nd edition, is appropriate for adoption by local agencies as official bicycle parking policy.

Bicycle Parking Webinar Series
Price: $75 for APBP members / $150 for non-APBP members

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Description: This series of four webinars covers all aspects of bicycle parking. It begins with an overview and discussion of basic principles, followed by three focused discussions on applications and techniques used by different entities with an interest in accommodating bicycle parking demand. Using videos, schematics from actual projects and case studies, this series examines the role bicycle parking can play in creating healthy, sustainable communities.

Intended for both the experienced agency manager and those new to developing bicycle parking solutions, examples are drawn from across North America to show how a comprehensive approach to parking can help achieve both public and private goals while integrating with other land use, transit and sustainability efforts.

Contact APBP if you want to purchase just one session. The complete series includes:

#1, The Basics of Bicycle Parking (APBP strongly recommends viewing #1 as a prerequisite to #2, #3, and #4)
Live session recorded on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The first session reviews some of the basic principles of accommodating bicycles in both public and institutional environments. We review types of parking in current use for both short and long term parking, and describe the conditions and constraints which guide selection of parking strategies and equipment. The session looks globally at the organization of the APBP Bicycle Parking Guidelines and preview the following sessions. Topics include core concepts, rack design and desirable features, site planning and innovations.

#2, Municipal Bicycle Parking Programs
Live session recorded on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Using information presented in the first webinar, this session focuses on the application of the basic principles to develop a municipal or regional bicycle parking program. A particular point of the presentation involves the development of an on-street parking program with both sidewalk and high capacity components. The APBP guide to development of codes and policies is discussed, as are funding and delivery methods for public bicycle parking programs.The session also covers requirements for residential, civic, commercial and industrial programs and the impact of bike share programs on bicycle parking.

#3, Bicycle Parking and Transit
Live session recorded on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

This webinar module introduces and describes techniques and programs used by transit agencies to encourage and accommodate high levels of bicycle access to a variety of transit modes.  Particular attention is paid to use of higher security and capacity techniques, including staffed parking, lockers and "in-line” station parking solutions. Forecasting demand is discussed, as well as security and management concerns unique to transit.  Bicycle parking is examined as a means to leverage other transit and bicycle infrastructure development through thoughtfully designed and managed parking programs. The session also covers design, layout, and management of lockers; bike stations; and adapting bicycle parking to specific transit modes.

#4, Institutional and Campus Bicycle Parking Programs
Live session recorded on Wednesday, April 1, 2013

The final session looks at how major employment centers and institutions such as hospitals, college campuses and office/industrial centers can meet employee transportation needs both independently and in conjunction with public and transit parking programs. Techniques such as bike rooms and sheds are examined, as well as the impact of proposed bike share facilities on existing bicycle parking capacity. The session includes examples from the University of Washington and Microsoft.

Recordings of four sessions: 1/23/13; 2/27/13; 3/13/13; 4/10/13
This product is a recorded video. Your purchase includes links to video files and downloads of the handouts and resource documents that were included with the original presentation. The video files may not be downloaded, but may be viewed multiple times. APBP's policy on use of the recording is that you may show the webinar to an unlimited number of guests and colleagues, but you may not share the link itself outside your agency or organization.

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