Seattle needs better bicycle parking
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The City of Seattle has a goal of becoming a true cycling city where one in eight trips are made by bicycle by 2030, whether it's commuting to work, errands for grocery shopping, or going out to the movies.
But we can have only as many people biking as there are safe places to park our bikes, and the bike rooms and cages of apartment buildings across the city are already packed. To become a true cycling city, we need more and better parking — for all of us, whether we ride commuter bikes, race bikes, cruiser bikes, e-bikes, cargo bikes, tandem bikes, or unicycles.
Right now, we have an opportunity to set new building standards that will help assure we can reach our city goals for bicycling. Before the Seattle City Council is legislation to reform the city code that regulates parking requirements in new development, including bicycle parking.
Bicycle Security Advisors has worked with city planners and councilmembers for the past two years to ensure this code update would meet our city's bicycling goals and compare favorably with national best practices.
We are excited by the proposed parking code update, but there's still more to do to ensure this code update hits the mark.
- Establish clear legal authority for SDOT to set rules, guidelines, and criteria for bike parking, and for SDOT and SDCI to conduct enforcement.
- Exempt all bike parking and associated facilities from "floor-area ratio" maximums.
- Align the amount of required bike parking based on the square-footage of land uses so that these ratios meet the national best practices and the city's 2030 bicycle ridership goal.
- Require convenient locations for bike parking that aren't 100 or 600 feet away from destinations, and encourage long-term bike parking to be located on ground floors.
- Accommodate a fuller range of people's abilities and bicycle types, especially family bikes, cargo bikes, and e-bikes.
- Allow entertainment venues and city-permitted special events to meet their bike parking requirements using "bike valet services."
These needed improvements are detailed on Bicycle Security Advisors website at http://bicyclesecurityadvocates.org/2018/02/02/a-bike-parking-bill-goes-to-city-hall-hill/
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