This page is intended to give you the basics of bike parking – why it’s important and how to do it right.
Bike Parking – Important for Your Business
Bike parking is an inexpensive way to increase customer access to your business.
More and more people are bicycling – While you might not know that customers are biking to your business, likely many are and through providing quality and convenient bike parking you’ll increase access to these customers and add more potential customers. Over 5,000 Oahu residents use a bicycle as their primary way to get to and from work. And many more bicycle for fun, exercise, and to run errands near their homes.
Yes, people do bicycle to the store – You might question whether people are really going to go shopping and then carry purchased items home on their bike, but they definitely do. Studies have soon that people on bikes buy less each trip than drivers, but they shop they come back more often (study link).
Bike Parking is Cost and Space Efficient – Bike parking can be installed for relatively low costs and often can be sited without displacing car parking or other uses. Even when replacing car parking is necessary, you get to trade 1 car parking space for 10 bike parking spaces.
Bike Parking – How to Do It Right
Location, location, location – Siting is probably the most important thing to get right. There are several items to consider:
- Bike parking should be located near the entrance (not in some back corner) for convenience and so it’s easy for customers to find it.
- Locating bike parking near the entrance also provides for “natural” surveillance, whereas a hidden, back corner spot invites theft.
- If possible, bike parking under an awning or other cover is always appreciated to protect your customers bike from the weather.
Bike rack type – The ideal bike rack should 2-points of contact, which allows for a cyclists to lock the bike frame and wheels and this prevents bikes from falling. The “inverted-U” rack is ideal.
Bike rack installation – Bike racks should be fastened to the ground or another fixed item. If this isn’t possible, a high visibility location for natural surveillance is even more important.
Purchasing bike racks – HBL sells Dero Hoop racks (a type of “inverted-U” rack) – click here for full product details. The price is $200 per rack. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details on ordering. You can also order bike racks from several companies providing various bike racks designs and equipment – note that for small shipments the shipping cost tends to be prohibitive.
Click here for an in-depth guide “Essentials of Bike Parking” guide provided by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
Bike Parking – Expert Consultation Available
HBL provides on-site bike parking consultation to HBL Business Members Silver level and above. The bike parking consultation will include a walk through of your site with specific siting and equipment recommendations. Become a HBL Business Member to get this benefit and more – click here for more information.
Honolulu example of exemplary siting. Bike parking is near the store entrance, partially covered, and in the high visibility area.
Quality Bike Racks
Bike racks that provide two points of contact are best for allowing bicyclists to secure their bicycles.
Honolulu example of “inverted-U” bike racks. Notice how the bikes are tidy, upright, and well-used!