Employer Tips for Providing Bicycle Parking
If you want to accommodate your bicycling customers or
encourage your employees to bicycle to work, you may want to ensure that you
provide secure parking for their bikes. This requires placing the right type of
parking area in the right location.
Bicycle Racks and Lockers
Although still widely used, the old style of bike rack where only the front
wheel is locked to low uprights is no longer recommended. These racks can
damage the wheels if a bike is knocked over and provide little protection from
A commonly used bike rack is the inverted "U"
rack. This type of rack allows the frame of the bike and at least one wheel to
be secured to the upright posts of the "U." These racks require
minimal space and with two contact points offer more stability for parked
For long-term parking (all day or longer) bike lockers are a
good choice. Lockers can usually accommodate two bikes with access at each end
of the locker. The advantage of lockers over racks is protection from the
elements and more security from theft.
for long-term bike parking is covering an area in an open parking lot with
racks beneath. Enclosing the covered parking with a fence adds an added element
Wherever bicycle parking is located, it should be in an area that has high
visibility to passing pedestrian traffic and/or the windows of nearby
buildings. The more conspicuous the bike parking is, the less comfortable a
bicycle thief will be.