We get a lot of requests about bike parking and how to get a racks installed in front of businesses and in busy bike areas. Here are some uplifting answers from the City of Vancouver:
Bike racks are still available to businesses that request them. The bicycle corral is still being reviewed and we are working on how we may run this program in the future. For the time being however, businesses can still request a bicycle corral in front of their business and they can be added to a list of interested businesses. In order for a business to be considered for a corral they must be in a location that has a documented high bicycle parking demand which can not be accommodated by sidewalk bicycle racks. In addition, streets with "no stopping" zones or rush hour regulations will not be considered at this time.
The City will fully fund racks on City property in commercial areas.
There are main criteria considered when determining whether a rack will be supplied:
- is there enough space to install a bicycle rack and does the street use allow it (i.e. we do not put bicycle racks in bus zones)
- is the location on city property
- is the request in a business area which will serve the general public
The time line in the past year for a rack request and review has been less then 2 weeks. If a site is approved, a rack will generally be installed within a month. This is dependent on funding as we move forward.
The best way to request a rack is to contact the bicycle hotline or firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the location, their name, and photos if available of where they would like a rack. Please visit the City of Vancouver bicycle parking page
Note: locations are often determined based on: number of public requests in the area, staff observations of missing bicycle parking, census tract data, and requests from BIA's.
Information from other municipalities is on its way. Stay tuned.