Secure, well located cycle parking is essential if people are to be encouraged to cycle as a means of transport. By indicating to the public that cyclists are welcome, cycle parking facilities indicate to non-cyclists that cycling is a viable option. Cycle parking should be prominent on the ground and the locations shown in any local information material.
Our design guide provides detailed information on:
- design, installation and maintenance
- how much parking is needed.
Our key principles for cycle parking:
- Be accessible and convenient. As close as possible to the destination entrance, prominently located, with plenty of space to get bikes in and out, without unnecessary detours or flights of steps.
- Have good natural surveillance.
- Be secure against theft and vandalism, appropriate to the type of area and length of stay expected.
- Parking stands should enable the bicycle frame and at least one wheel to be locked, catering for different sizes and shapes of bikes.
- Longer stay parking should be covered, well-lit and have CCTV where practical/feasible.
- Where two-tier parking is introduced, low-level parking should be provided for the convenience of those who are unable or unwilling to lift their cycles.
- Be free of charge wherever possible.
- Have sufficient capacity for existing peak demand plus future growth.
- Be clean and well maintained.
Other external guidance:
- Department for Transport, Cycling Design Standards and Transport Advisory Leaflets
- Transport for London, Workplace Cycle Parking Guide, 2006
- Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Cambridge Cycle Parking Guide, 2008
- Cycling England Design Guidance: C.04 Cycle parking (pdf)
Useful case studies
- Bike Park Management Model, Leicester
- Bike Locker Users Club, Greater Manchester
- Cycle Centre Proposals, Manchester and Salford
- Cycle Parking Options Study, Somerset