Bike Parking Location and Position

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Where to put your bike parking?


Once you’ve picked a good design you need a good place to put it.


The position and location of bike parking will determine its usefulness.


Things to consider when planning your bike parking:

  • Installation
  • Location
  • Spacing
  • Care for other users
  • Whether it is short-stay or long-stay bike parking

Read on to find out more about each of these

Bike Parking Guidelines

Poor Positioning

This bike parking has been installed too close to the wall and an adjacent disabled parking spot.

Hard to find

Hidden deep in the carpark, this parking is hard to find even if you know it is there…… somewhere.

Safety Hazard

Located right next to a disabled parking spot, this bike-parking impedes access for wheelchair users and ramp accessible vehicles.

Too far from the door

This bike-parking is great quality.  Unfortunately it is a long way from the main entrance, so bike-users do not realise it is there.

Retrofitting is expensive

Having to install this bike parking after the paving was laid would have been an expensive option.

Important Considerations:


Installation needs to be secure.  A bike rack that is not securely fastened could be removed, damaged or repositioned inappropriately.  A professional installation should also ensure the correct positioning of the rack, but it is best to pay close attention to the process.  If inground installment is required, installation may cost more than the rack itself, so it pays to get it right first time!


The best located bike racks (for visitor cycle parking) are:

  • As close as possible to the front entrance, ideally as close as the nearest car parking spot.
  • Level / safe access (without having to navigate the depths of the carpark).
  • Visible – to provide passive security, and/or
  • Monitored – to provide more active security.
  • In a well lit location.
  • If possible, under cover.
  • Out of the way of car doors, disabled access, pedestrians, signage, etc.
  • Not too close to bus and taxi stands or anywhere people queue.
  • Allow enough space for other users to navigate, including mobility scooters, prams, wheelchairs, and shopping trolleys.
  • Clearly marked as bike parking.

Allow at least 500 cm between stands, preferably one metre.

Allow 1800 cm in length and 1200 cm in height for the bicycle, with the stand positioned within this ‘envelope’.

From the Austroads Bicycle Parking Guide

Care for other users

All aspects of position, location and installation need to consider the needs of other users, especially pedestrians, people with sight-impairments and other disabilities.

Recommended features:

  • Contrasting colours or contrasting bands for stands
  • Tapping rails (for cane users) on end stands
  • Aligning stands with other street furniture
  • Leaving a minimum 1.5 metre clear footway
Workplace, Education and Residential Bike Parking

Long-stay bike parking has a different set of characteristics and these can be found in the Austroads guide; and your district plan may (or may not!) provide guidance. (Note that district plan provisions may not reflect best practice, so refer to the Austroads guide or Cambridge Cycle Parking Guide to be sure)

Find out more:

What is great bike-parking?

Great bike parking gets used.  Poor bike parking can damage bikes and will be avoided.  

What is a wheel-bender?

Some types of bike parking can damage bikes and will be actively avoided by bike-users.


Getting great bike parking

Bikes welcome can help you design and implement your bike parking.  We can connect you with reputable suppliers and provide you advice on your requirements.


Connect with your council

Sometimes you don’t have your own space for bike parking.   We can help you request public bike parking nearby.

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