A Primer on Effective Bike Parking

Two writers share the secrets to Arlington County's multi-modal success—especially with regard to the importance of well-designed bike parking at locations residential and commercial.

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May 9, 2014, 1:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


"Arlington now contains more than 5,000 bike-parking spaces as a result of its development review and approval process," write Melissa McMahon and Paul Goddin. "The county’s commitment to cycling is shown in the attention it pays to the construction of these facilities, as specified in its Guide to Effective Bicycle Parking for residential and commercial buildings, updated in February 2014."

In fact, "[biking] isn’t just about lanes and trails. It’s also about bicycle parking facilities." To demystify some of the design and planning concepts behind bike parking facilities, McMahon and Goddin list ten of the characteristics of quality bike parking, like "Class Matters" (Class 1 bike parking versus Class 2 and 3), "Materials Matter," and "Management Matters."

The post also includes a lot of links to studies and reports that make the case for the critical role biking and bike facilities can play in community and economic development. 

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