Guidelines Regarding Bicycle Parking SpacesWhat type of Parking Space is Right for You?
This article will concentrate on outdoor parking spaces. The bicycle racks are intended to accommodate conventional, upright, single-rider bicycles. It is assumed that the cyclist will use a solid, U-shaped lock or a cable lock, or a combination of the two, to secure their bicycle after parking.
The purpose of this article is to assist in the selection and placement of appropriate bicycle parking spaces for short-term parking. There are four major components regarding this topic, as follows:
1. The rack element.
The rack element is the part of the bike rack that supports one bicycle. The rack element should:
? Support the bicycle upright by its frame in two places
? Prevent the wheel of the bicycle from tipping over
? Enable the frame and one or both wheels to be secured
2. The rack.
The rack is one or more rack elements joined on any common base or arranged in a regular array and fastened to a common mounting surface.
The rack should consist of a group of rack elements. The rack elements may be attached to a single frame, or remain single elements mounted in a close distance to each other.
3. The rack area.
The rack area is a bicycle parking space where racks are separated by aisles. A rack area or “bicycle parking space” is an area where more than one rack is installed. The aisles separate the racks.
4. The rack area site.
The rack area site is the relationship of the rack area to a building entrance and approach.
The location of a rack area in relationship to the building it serves is very important. The best location for a bicycle rack area is right beside the entrance it serves. Racks should not be placed so that they block the entrance or inhibit the flow of pedestrians going in or out of the building.
More information regarding bicycle parking spaces can be obtained from a wide variety of sources. You can visit www.bicyclinginfo.org to access many of those sources, as well as to find a list of bicycle parking manufacturers.