As the volume of people who ride bikes increases, so too does demand for adequate bike parking. Places where people live, work, shop, and recreate are required to provide safe and secure bicycle parking in the City of Eugene.
However, the form and location of bicycle parking is not always intuitive, and, depending on when the building was constructed, might not be adequately equipped to handle the demand for bicycle parking.
Electronic Secure Bike Parking
Coming soon to Eugene, a new bike parking option using bikelink.org electronic lockers. Here's how you'll be able to use them.
Find an Electronic Bike Locker: Amtrak Station (4th & Willamette), LTD Station (10th & Olive), and Chase Bank (11th & Willamette).
Use a BikeLink card: The BikeLink Card will soon be sold at LTD Customer Service (11th & Willamette) and by the City of Eugene (10th & Olive). Cards available now online at www.bikelink.org.
Insert card: The screen guides you through a very quick process to start your rental. It's like using a parking meter.
Park your bike: Once there's time on the meter, the door opens. Put your bike inside, close the door, and walk away. Your bike remains secure even if the meter expires.
End rental: Insert your card, get your bike, and get your refund! Unlike a parking meter, any time you don't use is refunded. If your meter expires you are simply charged for the extra time at a higher rate.
Basic Bike Parking Criteria
All bicycle racks should conform to the following guidance:
- Supports the bicycle in at least two places, preventing it from falling over
- Allows locking of the frame and one or both wheels with a U-lock
- Is securely anchored to the ground
- Resists cutting, rusting, and bending or deformation, both from natural causes and from human action
- Works for a variety of bicycle frame types
A standard "Inverted-U" or "Staple" rack fulfills all basic bike parking criteria.
Staple Racks can be welded on rails which makes each rack element more secure and decreases the amount of hardware necessary to secure the bike racks to the mounting surface.
Whimsical versions of Inverted-U racks can reflect the location where they are placed while continuing to abide all basic bike parking criteria.
Best Practices Flyer
The City of Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee developed a two-page Best Practices flyer to help developers and individuals installing bicycle racks to select the correct rack element. To view the Best Practices flyer, click here.
Regional Bike Parking Study (RBPS)
In 2013, the City of Eugene in partnership with Lane Transit District (point2point Solutions), the Lane Council of Governments, Lane County, and the cities of Springfield and Coburg developed Regional Bike Parking Study to assist local agencies to:
- Secure and allocate funding to install new bicycle parking in ways that best meet the region's needs
- Ensure that new private development appropriately provides for bicycle parking need
- Products from the RBPS include:
Updating City Code
The City of Eugene is looking at updating the current bicycle parking standards. The revisions focus on simplifying and improving clarity of standards identified in land use code EC 9.6105. Code updates would also reflect best management practices and better accommodate the diversity of bicycles and security required for improved bicycle parking citywide.
For more information on the bicycle parking code update contact Reed Dunbar at 541-682-5727.
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals publishes a comprehensive guide on bicycle parking based on best practices from around the nation. To access more information click here.
City of Eugene Bicycle Parking Code
The City of Eugene has standards for bike parking including spacing requirements and quantity of long-term and short-term bicycle spaces by land use type. Click here to view section 9.6100 of Eugene Code for Bicycle Parking Standards.
Locking Your Bike
Always use a high-quality U-Lock or chain to lock your bicycle. Cable locks should only be used to lock your wheels or accessories.
Source: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, sfbike.org