A bike storage facility at your commercial or residential development can be one of the most used areas on the property. More people are using cycling as a way to stay healthy, save money, and stay out of traffic jams. Because of the increased numbers of bicycle commuters, there is a rising need and responsibility to provide adequate bicycle parking at your facility. Having the right plan for your bike room will ensure it is a convenient and efficient space to store bicycles securely.
Transportation, congestion, and health issues are major quality of life concerns facing Washington, DC, residents and workers. With a population continuing to increase and the roads and metro becoming more congested, the City must look to solutions that will more effectively and efficiently use its resources while minimizing carbon emissions and other adverse effects on the environment.
The lack of a safe and secure bicycle parking facility is a leading factor preventing people from cycling to work. In addition, a lack of bicycle storage facilities in residential buildings can make bicycle ownership impractical. By promoting secure, indoor bicycle parking facilities, you can support ridership throughout the city as well as encourage new cyclists to start riding. The increase of cycling in the city will yield fitness and health benefits for riders as well as the potential benefits of alleviating congestion, improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.
At Bike Room Designs the first step is to consult with you regarding your bicycle storage facility needs and requirements. We will take into consideration the space you have to work with, the ideal number of bicycles to store and your budget requirements. With that information, we can design the most effective and efficient means of storing bicycles at your residential or commercial facility, whether it is new construction or an existing building. Contact us for your free initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.
Planning your Bike Room
Location: The right location can ensure convenience as well as added security.
Rack Selection: All bicycle racks are not created equal. Make sure you choose your bicycle rack according to guidelines and constraints, including floor space, ceiling height, number of desired bike parking spaces and budget.
Long term vs. short term parking: Long term parking is ideal for residents, employees and students who park for several hours. Short term parking is ideal for retail and can be an incentive for increased business and foot traffic.
Floor plan: Each bicycle parking space should be easily accessible. Cyclists should be able to securely lock their bicycles without undue inconvenience and their bicycles should be reasonably safeguarded from intentional or accidental damage. Consider the space that a rack full of bicycles will take up, not just the rack itself. Also consider that cyclists require a sufficient pathway in and out of the parking area.
Security: A well-planned Bike Room that is secure, convenient and easy to use will encourage more people to ride.
Signage: Signs serve several purposes. They let cyclists know you have bicycle parking and that their business is valued. Signs also help cyclists find your parking if it is not immediately visible or direct long-term users to intended long-term parking, keeping more short-term parking open for your customers. If your Bike Room is in a parking garage, it will let motorists know to look out for bicyclists in the garage.
A link to DC bike parking regulations.