Applying Vehicular Parking Principles to Bicycle Parking

This paper discusses how vehicle parking principles apply to public bicycle parking, and how the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) can improve bicycle parking guidance and implementation. Like motorists, bicycle drivers have parking needs that include adequacy of supply, ease of use, and safety and security for themselves and their bikes. Providing for bike parking requires attention to design, location, and management. Yet while professionals design vehicle parking using fairly standard methods, bike parking is often a haphazard affair, lacking a focus on user needs. Inadequate quantity, design, location, and management often render bike parking unpredictable and difficult to use. Bike parking is often not provided at destinations with vehicle parking, including places of employment. Bike parking designs might not allow users to secure bikes from theft or protect them from damage while being parked, removed, or while parked. Bike parking often does not accommodate a variety of bicycle configurations. Existing shortcomings of bike parking can be addressed if vehicle parking principles are applied to bike parking while differences are recognized, and if public agency oversight is improved. Bike parking guidance needs to be clear, well organized, and comprehensive. ITE should collaborate with other professionals to improve bike parking guidance and make it easy to access and implement by those who design, locate, manage, regulate, and advise on bike parking.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 13p
  • Monograph Title: ITE 2013 Technical Conference and Exhibit

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  • Accession Number: 01492115
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2013 12:30PM