Report: Lackluster Bike Parking Reduces Cycling and Undermines Public Safety

Widely available, secure bike parking can go a long way toward encouraging cycling and keeping New Yorkers safe, a new report says.

January 15, 2021, 5:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


Bicycles in New York

Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash / Bicycles

A report from Transportation Alternatives blasts the de Blasio administration for failing to meet its bike parking goals for New York City. Gersh Kuntzman, writing for Streetsblog NYC, reveals that the city failed to deliver on many of its plans to improve bicycle parking and vastly underperformed in all aspects of its bike parking promises. As more New Yorkers choose bicycles in what amounts to a "historic cycling boom," the lack of adequate bike parking has led to a 27% increase in bike theft, and, the report argues, an overall drop in cycling.

According to Transportation Alternatives, the lack of secure parking also undermines local businesses. In a 2010 study on spending done by cyclists, the space taken up by one car generated more than three times as much local spending when converted to bike parking. In that study, "even when the bike parking was less than 30 percent occupied, it still generated the same spending as the missing car spaces."

The report's recommendations include—most obviously—building more bike parking with a focus in low-income communities, more bike corrals at intersections (where they provide more visibility than parked cars), allowing developers to build bike parking to meet parking requirements in new buildings, and promoting more public and private options for paid secured bike parking, which can help raise revenue and provide safe parking for cyclists.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in StreetsBlog NYC

Chicago Commute

Planning for Congestion Relief

The third and final installment of Planetizen's examination of the role of the planning profession in both perpetuating and solving traffic congestion.

May 12, 2022 - James Brasuell

Twin Cities

Minneapolis Housing Plan a Success—Not for the Reason You Think

Housing advocates praise the city’s move to eliminate single-family zoning by legalizing triplexes on single-family lots, but that isn’t why housing construction is growing.

May 13, 2022 - Reason

Single-Family Housing Construction

New White House Housing Initiative Includes Zoning Reform Incentives

The Biden administration this morning released a new program of actions intended to spur housing construction around the United States.

May 16, 2022 - The White House

Complete Street Vancouver

Study: Most of Vancouver Is a ‘15-Minute City’

A large majority of Vancouver residents can access a grocery store in 15 minutes or less by bicycle or on foot.

May 20 - Vancouver Sun

Montreal, Quebec

Urban Design, Transport, and Health

The Lancet medical journal published a series of articles that explore how to evaluate and guide urban planning decisions to create healthy and sustainable cities. Live long and prosper!

May 20 - The Lancet - Urban Design, Transport, and Health

MoGo Bikeshare Bikes

Detroit Bike Share Celebrates Five Years

In its five years of operation, Detroit’s MoGo bikeshare has added electric and adaptive bikes to its fleet of more than 600 bikes.

May 20 - MoGo

HUD’s 2022 Innovative Housing Showcase

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Expanding HUD’s Eviction Protection Grant Program

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.