Santa Cruz California Bicycle Parking Ordinance
At the request of a couple of people, I typed in the new Santa Cruz City bike
parking ordinance. I did not type in the parts pertaining to showers. It
-Ron Goodman, 26 May 1994
24.12.250 Bike Parking Requirements
1. 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 consistent with the parking variations allowed by section
24.12.290(6) of this part.
2. Bike Spaces Required.
Bicycle parking facilities shall be provided in
accordance with the following schedule, with fractional requirements for
bike parking over .5 to be rounded up:
a. Commercial; Industrial, Office, Retail, Service -- 2+15% of number
of auto spaces required
b. Multi-Family Residential -- 3 or more units, 1 space per unit
c. Public, or Commercial Recreation -- 35% of auto parking requirement
d. Schools -- 1 space per 3 students
e. Park and Ride Lots and Transit Centers -- 35% of auto parking
f. Lodging -- 1 space per 5 units
3. Type of bicycle parking required.
Each bicycle parking space shall
be no less than six feet long by two feet wide (6'X2') and shall have a
bicycle rack system in compliance with the bike rack classifications listed
in item 4 as follows: Fractional amounts of the type of parking facilities may
be shifted as desired.
a. Office, Industrial (Commercial) Financial -- 60% Class 1 / 40% Class 2
b. Retail, Service (Commercial) -- 20% Class 1 / 80% Class 2
c. Multi-Family Residential (3 or more units) -- 100% Class 1 (Garages or
secure accessible indoor areas count)
d. Public or Commercial Recreation -- 10% Class 1 / 90% Class 2
e. Schools -- 100% Class 2, Secured, Covered
f. Park and Ride Lots -- 80% Class 1 / 20% Class 2
g. Transit Center -- 100% Class 2, Secured, Covered
4. Classification of Facilities
a. Class 1 bicycle facility means a locker, individually locked enclosure
or supervised area within a building providing protection for each
bicycles therein from theft, vandalism and weather.
b. Class 2 bicycle facility means a stand or other device constructed so as
to enable the user to secure by locking the frame and one wheel of each
bicycle parked therein. Racks must be easily usable with both U-locks
and cable locks. Racks should support the bikes in a stable upright
position so that a bike, if bumped, will not fall or roll down. Racks
that support a bike primarily by a wheel, such as standard 'wire racks'
are damaging to wheels and thus are not acceptable. (See Bikes Are Good
Business Design guidelines).
5. Location and Design of Facilities
a. Bicycle parking should be located in close proximity to the buildings
entrance and clustered in lots not to exceed 16 spaces each.
b. Bicycle parking facilities shall support bicycles in a stable position
without damage to wheels, frame or other components.
c. Bicycle parking facilities should be located in highly visible well
lighted areas to minimize theft and vandalism.
d. Bicycle parking facilities shall be securely anchored to the lot surface
so they cannot be easily removed and shall be of sufficient strength to
resist vandalism and theeft.
e. Bicycle parking facilities shall not impede pedestrian or vehicular
circulation, and should be harmonius with their environment both in
color and design. Parking facilities should be incorporated whenever
possible into building design or street furniture.
f. Racks must not be placed close enough to a wall or other obstruction so
as to make use difficult. There must be sufficient space (at least 24
inches) beside each parked bike that allows access. This access may be
shared by adjacent bicycles. An aisle or other space shall be provided
to bicycles to enter and leave the facility. This aisle shall have a
width of at least six (6) feet to the front or rear of a bike parked
in the facility.
g. Paving is not required, but the outside ground surface shall be
finished or planted in a way that avoids mud and dust.
h. Bike parking facilities within auto parking areas shall be separated
by a physical barrier to protect bicycles from damage by cars, such as
curbs, wheel stops, poles or other similar features.
6. Variations to Requirements
a. Substitution of car parking with bike parking. New and pre-existing
developments may convert up to 10% of their auto spaces to unrequired
additional bike parking, as long as the spaces are conveniently located
near an entrance. Converted parking spaces must yield at least 6 bike
parking spaces per auto space.
b. Where the provision of bike parking is physically not feasible the
requirements may be waived or reduced to a feasible level by the Zoning
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