Bike Rack City Requirements

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Many cities, towns, or other governmental organizations have set minimum ordinances or other mandates for bike parking and bike racks. To help you find this information, we have listed links to a city's bike parking requirements that can be found below. 

For cities not on this list, another great resource for finding city-specific information on bike parking requirements is Library.municode.com. Bike parking guidelines and other ordinances regarding required bike parking capacity, placement, and right-of-way in a city’s public works or parks and recreation department.

These are the best places to find information about:

  • Number of bicycle parking spaces needed
  • Accepted bike racks for cities
  • Bike rack requirements
  • City bike rack ordinances
  • Bike parking requirements

Austin, TX:
https://library.municode.com/tx/austin/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT25LADE_CH25-6TR_ART7OREPALO_DIV1GERE_S25-6-477BIPA

Boston, MA:
https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/document-file-07-2017/policy_-_bike_parking_guidelines_final_v3.pdf

Burlington, VT:
https://parkburlington.com/bike-parking/  
https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/sites/default/files/u119/20170407%20ART08-Parking.pdf

Charlotte, NC:
https://charlottenc.gov/ld/CLDSM/Pages/5000Series.aspx

Chicago, IL:
https://chicagocompletestreets.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CDOT-Bike-Rack-Siting-Guidelines_061914.pdf

Fort Worth, TX:
library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Texas/ftworth_tx/cityoffortworthtexascodeofordinances/appendixazoningregulations/chapter6developmentstandards?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:fortworth_tx$anc=JD_App.ACh.6

Houston, TX:
http://houston-tx.elaws.us/code/cid10123/26-583/

Knoxville, TN:
https://recodeknoxville.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/KNOX-ZO-PublicDraft-March2018.pdf

Las Vegas, NV/Clark County:
https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/comprehensive-planning/zoning/Documents/3060.pdf

Louisville, KY:
https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/parks/planning_and_design/appendix9a_2011.pdf

Madison, WI:
https://www.cityofmadison.com/bikeMadison/documents/bikeRackRequirements.pdf

Mesa, AZ:
https://www.mesaaz.gov/home/showdocument?id=12480

Minneapolis, MN:
http://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@publicworks/documents/webcontent/convert_270396.pdf

Missoula, MT:
https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/1991/Bike-Parking

Nashville, TN:
https://www.nashville.gov/mc/ordinances/term_2011_2015/bl2014_714_sub.pdf

Oklahoma City, OK:
https://library.municode.com/ok/oklahoma_city/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=OKMUCO2010_CH59ZOPLCO_ARTXOREPALOAC_S59-10600OREPARE

Philadelphia, PA:
http://www.phillyotis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PHL_BikeParking_December2017_Rev2-WEB-small.pdf

Pittsburgh, PA:
https://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/Bicycle_Parking_Guide_6-3-15.pdf

Portland, OR:
https://chicagocompletestreets.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CDOT-Bike-Rack-Siting-Guidelines_061914.pdf

Sacramento, CA:
https://www.cityofsacramento.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Public-Works/Transportation/Active-Transportation/Bike-Rack-Design-and-Placement-Guideline-Adopted-20170425.pdf?la=en

San Francisco, CA:
https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/reports-and-documents/2018/06/1_sfmta_bicycle_parking_guidelines-updated-05-15-2018.pdf

Santa Cruz, CA:
http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/home/showdocument?id=58671

Santa Monica, CA:
https://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Transportation/Developers/Bicycle-Parking-Standards.pdf

Seattle, WA: 
https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/SDOT/BikeProgram/SDOT%20Bicycle%20Parking%20Guidelines_6.11_WORKING_DRAFT.pdf

Tucson, AZ:
https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/bicycle/City_of_Tucson_Land_Use_Code.pdf
https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/bicycle/Tucson_Bicycle_Facility_Design.pdf
https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/bicycle/Parking_Ordinance.PDF

Virginia Beach, VA:
https://www.vbgov.com/government/offices/eso/Documents/bicycle-fact-sheet.pdf

Washington, DC:
https://ddot.dc.gov/publication/bike-parking-guide
https://ddot.dc.gov/publication/bike-rack-design-and-placement-guidelines