Major increase in cycle parking standards for new developments

Major increase in cycle parking standards for new developments

Do you have insufficient space for you bike at home or in the office?  – you are not alone.  The Mayor has, following strong representations from LCC and others, recognised that new developments must have higher levels of cycle parking to meet growing demand.

The new cycle parking standards (page 232) , contained in an update to the London Plan released in March 2015, double the cycle parking requirement for new offices and raise the standard significantly for new homes. While the new standards are officially approved by the Mayor they are yet to be adopted by all London boroughs which enforce planning regulations on all but the largest developments , which are referred to the Mayor for approval.

The key changes in the standards are for new offices, where one cycle parking space has to be provided for every 90 sq. m. of gross floor area in Inner London and one space per 150 sq.m. in Outer London  (up from one space for every 250 sq.m. in all of London) and for new homes where one space has to be provided for every studio or one bed flat and two spaces provided for all two bed or bigger homes (up from one space for one or two bed flats and two spaces for bigger flats). The new office standard allows for about 8 -15%  of the workforce to travel to work by bike.  

The case for higher standards was supported by detailed evidence gathered by an independent consultant for Transport for London  who recommended even higher standards than those adopted. LCC, which also submitted evidence to the London Plan public enquiry  similarly advised higher standards. While the new standards may satisfy current demand the expected growth in cycling associated with better infrastructure must not be stymied by a lack of parking spaces.

Everyone with an interest in improved cycle parking conditions should engage with their local council to ensure that the new London plan standards are adopted or exceeded by local planning regulations.

It is also worth reminding your council that the ammendements to the London Plan also state that any new cycling infrstructure should adhere to the guidelines in the new London Cycle Design Standards.