Required Bicycle Parking

Section 21A.44.040 of the Salt Lake City Code requires bicycle parking to be installed as part of all new construction projects (excluding single family residential) and remodels of over 50% expansion or intensification. Secure bicycle parking improves bicycling convenience and helps reduce theft.

How many bicycle parking spaces are required?

The amount of bicycle parking required for new construction or remodels is determined by multiplying the total number of automobile parking spaces required by .05 (5%). If the calculation returns a number less than .5 (or one half a parking space), the installation of bicycle parking is optional. In all other cases the calculated amount is rounded to the nearest whole number.

Where should bicycle parking be located?

Bicycle parking is only useful to cyclists when located properly. According to the ordinance bicycle parking shall be located:

  1. on the same lot as the principal use;
  2. in a manner that prevents damage to bicycles by cars;
  3. in a convenient, highly visible, active, well-lit area;
  4. so as not to interfere with pedestrian movements;
  5. as near the principal entrance of the building as practical; and
  6. to provide safe access from the parking spaces to the right-of-way or bicycle lane.

Both employees and customers shall be considered when determining locations for bicycle parking. For example, a bike rack located within a parking structure may work for employees but would not work well for customers who would normally access the business from an exterior entrance. A highly visible location is determined from the vantage point of someone inside the building or near the principal pedestrian entrance. Locating bicycle parking under a building overhang, or in another way providing a degree of protection from the weather, will greatly improve the bike rack's convenience.

What type of bicycle parking facilities are required?

The City's Bicycle Parking Standard provides detail about the bicycle rack design. Bicycle racks that are installed on the City public way by a developer need to meet these additional requirements.

The ordinance requires bicycle parking facilities be:

  1. consistent with surroundings in color and design and incorporated, whenever possible, into buildings or street furniture design;
  2. designed to allow each bicycle to be supported by its frame;
  3. designed to allow the frame and wheels of each bicycle to be secured against theft;
  4. designed to avoid damage to the bicycles;
  5. anchored in a way that resists rust or corrosion, or removal by vandalism;
  6. designed to accommodate a range of bicycle shapes and sizes; and
  7. designed to facilitate easy locking without interfering with adjacent bicycles.

For long term employee parking, bike lockers work best due to the high level of security provided.

Additional reading

We also recommend Bicycle Parking Guidelines produced by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.