Bicycle Network: Workplace
Effective bike parking
What message does your bike parking facilities put out there? Is it inviting, or does it only attract the committed?
Were you aware that there's an Australian Standard for bike parking? Produced in 1993, AS2890.3 is designed to provide quality bike parking, with appropriate access and security. It also helps reduce OH&S risk and works with your local planning laws and regulations (eg: the Victorian Planning Provisions 52.34 or your equivilent).
"Racks and stands which allow only one wheel to be locked to the device, or which support the bicycle by one wheel only, do not provide either proper support or security for the bicycle . They do not meet the requirements of any parking facility described in this Standard, and should not be used in new installations. It is recognised, however, that there are existing installations which do not meet these requirements. These should be replaced progressively, giving priority to installations where the security risk is the greatest."
Although almost any space can be utilised for bike parking, it is best if it is easily accessble by both those on a bike, as well as on foot (for once riders get off the bike). If there are lockers and showers close by, that is also a bonus. It should be well lit and in an area where there is frequent foot traffic, to aid in security of people using the facility. Undercover is also beneficial to protect against the elements.
If your workplace currently has car parks, retrofitting bike parking
Should you have any further questions, contact the Bike Parking Experts. With over 19 years experience in installation of quality bike parking, they can help you with design, fitout and supply of a solution to suit your needs.
We have a number of online surveys available which can be used to determine a workplace's amenity to riding to work. You can conduct an audit of what your workplace has. Alternatively, you can provide a survey to gain perceptions from employees.
On-site visits or consultation
If you are in the Melbourne area, representitives from Ride2Work and the Bike Parking Experts can arrage a site visit. Alternatively, if provided with a description and a layout, the Bike Parking Experts can work with you to determine an optimum solution anywhere across Australia.