Bicycle Network: Good Design Guides
Bike parking in shopping streets
Sometimes there is not enough space on the footpath to provide parking for bikes. In these situations a kerb outstand bike park can offer a solution.
Getting hitched in Smith Street
24 February 2014. You can now hitch your bike in Smith Street, as Yarra City have added another bike corral to their onstreet stable, this time on the busy Fitzroy arterial.
With poles, trees and anything else that can take a D-lock being adorned by the daily turnover of hundreds of bikes in this inner bike environment, it was only a matter of time before traders realised the bike-parking benefits and started to hound council for their own bike corral to help boost trade.
There are a number of other obvious locations along Smith Street which would benefit from a corral.
In front of Woolworths and the Grace Darling Hotel (doubling as a tram passenger platform) and with Smith Street being a highly popular destination in its own right the opportunity for Council to lead the way is there for the taking.
Business stampeding bike corrals
12 December 2013. The US city of Portland has just installed its 100th bike corral—the practice of removing car parking spaces and replacing them with on-street bike parking.
Amazingly, the local city council currently has a waiting list of 98 additional corral installations which have been requested by Portland businesses.
The 100 corrals so far installed have seen the replacement of parking for 163 cars by parking for 1644 bikes.
The figures show why businesses are now queuing up to get car parking removed from in front of their stores: bikes are delivering more customers.
Most cities that have set out to install bike corrals have encountered opposition from businesses that believed they relied on car parking for custom.
In Portland the council decided it would be politic to have a system where corrals would be installed only if they were requested by businesses.
As soon as the results came in from the first few installations, showing an uptick in revenue, the gold rush was on and everyone wanted bike parking outside the store.
Bicycle corrals provide efficient use of the street for bicycle parking in areas wiith high demand. Corrals typically can park 12 to 24 bicycles in the same space as one to two cars.
The council says the long standing partnership encouraging active transportation with local business has strengthened the health and economic vitality of Portland. Corrals provide a 10 to 1 customer to parking space ratio, free up congested sidewalks, and improve visibility at busy intersections for those on foot or behind the wheel.
Most of Portland's bicycle parking is provided in bike racks on the sidewalk. However, in a growing number of commercial areas the high demand for bicycle parking is too much for the sidewalk. In other cases, local businesses simply prefer bicycles in the parking strip rather than autos in order to attract a customer base that is turning more to the bicycles for transportation.
In all cases, corrals are installed at the express request or cooperation of the adjacent businesses.
Hobart trials cafe kerbs and gains bike corrals
7 June 2013 - Hobart City Council has been trialling "cafe kerbs" which allow seating for 32 people in the space of one car park. At the Bike Futures Seminar from 6-7 June the delegates visited and created our own bike corral in the adjacent parking spot at Cafe Cultura in Liverpool. Two on-street parks can thus accomodate 20 people parking their vehicles and 32 paying customers leaving more space for people walking. The "cafe kerbs" are used extensively in San Francisco and Montreal.
Port Phillip trials car-shaped bike rack
14 January 2012. A bright orange car-shaped bike rack has been installed in Bay Street, Port Melbourne as part of a trial to provide greater priority to bike riders and promote bike riding for local trips to shopping strips and precincts.
The bike rack provides ten bicycle spaces and temporarily replaces a car space in front of The Melbourne Bakehouse at 210 Bay Street, between Godfreys and Jaggers Closet shopfronts, and opposite Coles.
Mayor Cr Amanda Stevens thanked the Port Melbourne Business Association (PMBA) for kick-starting the project which is helping to promote sustainable transport in the municipality.
“Well done to the PMBA for approaching Council with the concept of being the ‘bike hub’ for the City,” she said.
“As the volume of traffic grows, bike riding provides a more effective, environmentally friendly mode of travel that uses less of the limited road and parking space than a car. Bike riding also improves the health and wellbeing of riders as they travel to work, meet up with friends for a coffee or visit local shopping strip,” she said.
The affected traders agreed to the trial, provided Council removed the Loading Zone outside 224 Bay Street, Port Melbourne and reinstated two car parking bays with 1P restrictions.
If the six-month trial is successful, the location will be converted to permanent on-street bicycle parking. The St Kilda Library in Carlisle Street, St Kilda is also being considered as a possible location and traders across the municipality will also have the opportunity to express interest in trialling the car-shaped bicycle rack.
Election opportunity for candidates to show support
16 August 2012 Bicycle Network has identified bike corrals as a local council priority for the 2012 Local Government election. Candidates should be ready to support the development and full or partial funding of corrals and can tell riders in their Council area their position by posting their candidates' statement at VoteBike.
Maribyrnong installs first bike corral in the west
20 June 2012. The City of Maribyrnong has converted a single on-street car park to space for twelve bikes to encourage more visits to local shops.
The new installation at Ballarat Rd, Yarraville, allows people to securely park their bike and do their shopping or go to the Sun Theatre which is situated opposite.
If the trial of the bike parking is successful the council will consider making the trial a permanent feature.
Congratulations to Maribyrnong Council for recognising the value that people on bikes can bring to the economic prosperity of a shopping strip.
The Anaconda design used by Maribrynong was developed by the Bike Parking Experts - www.bikeparking.com.au
Yarra Council seeks feedback on more parking
17 May 2012. The City of Yarra is seeking community feedback on proposed parking outside Piedimonte's Supermarket in North Fitzroy. The proposal is for seven bicycle hoops that will cater for 14 bikes and would replace two car parking spaces. The design will also provide space for cargo bikes and bikes with panniers.
Piedimonte’s is situated on St George's Road, a popular bike commuting route, and represents a convenient opportunity for people to combine a shopping trip with their ride home. Due to the popularity of the supermarket, it is often difficult for bike riders to find a park in the area.
Providing bike parking in former car parking spaces will provide secure places to lock a bike and also alleviate congestion on the footpath outside the supermarket. It may even encourage more locals to do their shopping by bike.
If the proposal is supported by the community, The City of Yarra aim to install the bike parking in June 2012.
This artists impression shows a potential design for the bike parking outside Piedimonte's Supermarket, North Fitzroy.
Moreland parking spirals outward
3 November 2011. The bike parking corral phenomenon continues to spiral its way across Brunswick as more road space is converted to bike parking.
An additional five corrals have been added to streets in the city of Moreland, bringing the total to seven.
The venture has proved a major success with a high level of community acceptance and usage. The corrals hold about ten bikes.
Each of the corrals has been requested by neighbouring businesses in the expectation that on-street bike parking will increase economic activity in the vicinity of the corrals.
Some car parking space has been lost. The Council has attempted to preserve car parking so far, but is prepared to convert car parking to bike parking when required.
Although the corrals use the spiral bike racks that have not always been popular with riders, evaluation by Moreland has shown no problems with the predominantly short term use period.
The new corrals are at:
- Radical Grocer, Wilson Street Brunswick
- Brunswick Baths temporary entrance during renovations, Phoenix Street Brunswick
- Café Baba, 80 Lygon Street, E Brunswick
- Kitchen Kultcha Café, Blair St and Glenlyon Rd Brunswick
- Toby’s Estate Coffee, Charles and Weston Streets, Brunswick
The Council is still fine tuning the details of these pioneering installations.
More parking for Brunswick East
15 June 2011. Moreland City continues to expand its trial of on-road bike parking in local café precincts, with the latest addition at the Lygon / Piera Street intersection.
Adjacent to the ‘Small Block’ café, the installation again uses products from Bike Parking Experts. The trial is subject to further detailed design.
Nicholas Elliot, Moreland’s Transport Coordinator states that sites with high parking volumes (amongst other factors) are good candidates for such initiatives.
The feasibility of similar projects at other locations is being further investigated by local authorities so as to provide better parking solutions for our streetscapes.
Frankston trials bike parking
27 May 2011. The City of Frankston has converted a single on-street car park to space for 10 bikes to encourage more visits to local shops.
The new installation on Wells St, the main shopping street in Frankston town centre, allows people to securely park their bike and do their shopping and go to the cinema opposite.
If the trial of the bike parking is successful the Council will consider offering the same treatment to any cafe who requests parking for more people outside their business.
Congratulations to Frankston Council for recognizing the value that people on bikes can add to the economic prosperity of the town.
Bikes OK at Brunswick Corral
7 April 2011. Another trial is underway where on-street car parking is being converted to bike parking with the aim of increasing customer numbers in local shopping precincts.
The latest initiative is in Victoria Street, Brunswick, where the City of Moreland has replaced a car single space with parking for eight bikes.
The trial, expected to last several months, is using a Bicycle Network parking rail usually utilized for event parking.
Should the trial be made permanent the space will be reconfigured with more rails.
The trend is set to catch on across Melbourne following example of Portland in the US, where the initial trials were such a success that there is now a long waiting list of businesses requesting the switch from car to bike parking outside their premises.
Visit /general/bike-parking/40489/ to find out about these types of rails.
Lygon Courts bikes - An on-street parking space for bikes generates five times the benefit of the same space for a car!
February 2009 Lygon St Carlton before and after.
An economic benefit study of the bicycle parking found that the economic benefit per square metre is $31 per hour for bikes vs $6 for cars. Even though people on bikes may spend less per vist than those travelling by car, the economic benefit per parking space per hour is higher for bike parking as many more people can park their bike in the space required for one car. See the study.
|Before: Bikes locked to street furniture outside Nova Cinema on Lygon Street.|
|During: The temporary kerb outstand holds parking for ten bikes in two car spaces.
The permanent facility will accommodate twice as many.
The temporary outstand proved popular and did not interfere with loading or access to the front of the shopping centre.
|After: It is half-price movie night at Nova Cinema and 47 bikes are parked on the kerb outstand - one week after completion.|