Where to locate cycle parking, and how much to install

Parking outside the BBC Credit: Adrian Lewis

Location is critical to the success of cycle parking: if it is located too far away from the entrance of the destination, it will not be used.

The parking must be easily visible to cyclists or at least well-advertised; a highly visible location will also discourage theft and vandalism. If the parking is not in view of passers-by, office windows and there are no security or parking staff nearby, you should install CCTV – but bear in mind this will not always prevent theft.

The parking should also avoid stairs, unless you are prepared to install a wheeling ramp.

Parking areas should also be well lit for theft protection and security, and ideally protected from weather – using a covered walkway or constructing a canopy either freestanding or attached to an existing building are both good ways of doing this.

While it’s good for cycle parking to be visible by passers-by, it mustn’t obstruct pedestrians, and it should be separated from car parking by space and a physical barrier to prevent cars from damaging parked bikes. Cycle parking close to car parking also gives thieves a better opportunity of stealing bikes without being seen.

How much to provide?

It’s worth carrying out a cycle audit to work out how much cycle parking you’ll need. LCC can arrange a cycle audit for you - find out more here.

Alternatively, in the case of workplace cycle parking, Transport for London suggests providing parking for everyone who already cycles to work plus another 50%, followed by another 20% every time bike stand occupancy levels reach 80%.

You may wish to conduct a survey amongst employees to find out who will start cycling to work if you provide parking.