Bike Parking Location and Position
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:
- Care for other users
- Whether it is short-stay or long-stay bike parking
Read on to find out more about each of these
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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)