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Bicycle Parking

In Gainesville, Fla; Palo Alto, Calif; Madison, Wis; have passed parking ordinances that require a certain percentage of parking provisions to be for bicycles. In Gainesville developers can choose to provide either a car parking place or three spaces for bicycles.

--How To Promote Bicycling as a Pollution Solution, (June 1989). League of American Bicyclists.

parking facilities could be associated to an ancillary activity such as concession stands, for instance, which in the case of theoretically unsupervised conditions, would offer a certain degree of protection against vandalism or obvious theft attempts. In the case of totally supervised conditions, such ancillary establishments would help to reduce the cost of attendants through a supplementary income provided by the concession.

-- Dr. Michele Melarango, Dr. C.E., P.E., Regaining the Human Scale Through Urban Bicycling. 1989 Prof. of architecture and building sciences at the univ. of No. Carolina at Charlotte

Providing bicycle parking facilities. Secure bicycle parking is necessary for a commuter or shopper to consider bicycle as a viable transportation mode. Bicycle parking should be provided at all employment centers, shopping centers, downtown business districts, and mass transit stations.

This can be accomplished at the local level by passing ordinances that require bicycle parking to be provided in conjunction with all new construction projects. Municipal "parking lots" for bicycles can be established in downtown locations, while local retailers and industry can be encouraged to provide bicycle parking for their employees and customers.

At the state and federal levels, standards for the design and location of bicycle parking facilities can be established. Mass transit bicycle parking facilities can be mandated by requiring that all federally funded projects include such features. Pending national legislation requiring the provision of secure parking facilities at all federal installations should be passed and federal employees should be encouraged to commute by bicycle.

--Bicycle Transportation for Energy Conservation, a report of the Secretary of Transportation to the President and the Congress, April 1980.

In one year, since institution of mandatory no fee registration, reported bicycle thefts [in New Orleans] declined 22 percent from 2,802 in 1972 to 2,175 in 1973.

--Bikeway Planning and Policy Guidelines for NYC, Manhattan Commuter Bicycle System Study, July, 1978. Prepared for NYC DOT; Prepared by Edwards and Kelcey, in association with Transportation Alternatives.

In China all bicycles must be registered with the authorities and must display license plates. However, cyclists are not required to have driver licenses. When the ownership of a bicycle changes or the bicycle owner moves from one city to another, the bike must be re-registered. As a result it is very difficult to resell stolen bicycles. Bicycle theft is not a major problem in China.

-- Jun-Meng Yang, "Bicycle Traffic in China," Transportation Quarterly, Jan. 1985.

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