Proposed Boston Bicycle Parking Bylaw
The purpose of this bylaw is to provide adequate and safe facilities for
the storage of bicycles.
Bicycle parking facilities shall be provided for any new building, addition
or enlargement of an existing building, or for any change in the
occupancy of any new building that results in the need for additional
auto parking facilities.
No bicycle parking spaces shall be required for the following uses:
single-family residence, two-family residence, funeral parlor,
undertaker, automobile repair or body shop, gas station, and car
- Bicycle Parking Spaces Required
Off-street bicycle parking shall be provided as follows:
- For multi-family residences,
there shall be one bicycle space or locker for each two (2) dwelling
units or portion thereof.
- For all other uses, except
those uses exempted under Section 2.0(c), one bicycle parking space
shall be provided for every 10 parking spaces required under the bylaw.
- In all cases where bicycle
parking is required, a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of fifty (50)
bicycle parking spaces shall be provided.
- The SPGA may reduce the required number of bicycle parking spaces based
on information provided by the applicant confirming that fewer
bicycle parking spaces are required.
- A maximum of two (2) required vehicle parking spaces may be used for
bicycle parking spaces.
- Location and Design of Bicycle Parking Facilities
- Accessory off-street parking for bicycles shall include provision
for secure storage of bicycles. Such facilities shall provide lockable
enclosed lockers or racks or equivalent structures in or upon which
a bicycle may be locked by the user.
- Structures that require a user supplied locking device shall be
designed to accommodate both chain and U-shaped locking devices and
shall support the bicycle frame at two locations (not just the wheel).
- All lockers and racks must be securely anchored to the ground or
the building structure to prevent the racks and lockers from being
removed from the location.
- The surfacing of such facilities shall be designed and maintained
to be mud and dust free. The use of rock or gravel areas for bicycle
parking is permitting provided that edging materials, such as
landscape timbers are used so that the bicycle parking area is
clearly demarcated and the rock material is contained.
- Bicycle parking facilities shall be sufficiently separated from
motor vehicle parking areas to protect parked bicycles from damage by
motor vehicles. The separation may be accomplished through grade
separation, distance or physical barrier, such as curbs, wheel
stops, poles or other similar features.
- Required bicycle parking spaces shall be at least two (2) feet
by six (6) feet per bicycle.
- An aisle a minimum of five (5) feet wide shall be provided behind
bicycle parking facilities to allow for maneuvering.
- Sufficient space, to be a minimum of 24 inches, shall be provided
beside each parked bicycle to allows access. This access may be shared by
adjacent bicycles. Racks shall be installed a minimum of 24 inches
from any wall or other obstruction.
- Bicycle parking facilities shall be located in a clearly designated
safe and convenient location. Whenever possible, the bicycle parking shall
be placed within 50 feet of building entrances and in well-lit areas.
- It is recommended that half of the bicycle parking spaces be provided
as long term parking, safe and secure from vandalism and theft, and
protected from the elements. The other half shall be provided as
short term (customer or visitor) parking, and it is recommended that
these parking spaces be visible and convenient to the building