Green Star’s Credits mean quality bicycle parking
Bike Storage began when Director Graeme Roth got fed up with hunting out dodgy bike racks in dank places in 2006. Secure, welcoming and functional commercial bicycle parking was the stuff of dreams back then but with the advent of the Green Building Council’s inclusion of Cyclist Facilities credits in its various Green Ratings tools and the explosion of commuter cycling, bicycle parking in office, educational and residential buildings is beginning to come of age.
Link between bike parking and staff attraction and retention
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) says a 2010 Colliers International Office Tenant Survey found ‘that providing bike racks and showers was one of the fastest emerging ways to attract and retain staff’. Colliers National Director of Research, Nerida Conisbee, has said that “tenants are seeing bike parking as equally important as car parking.”
However not all bike storage is created equal. There are many major facilities that have been installed without reference to key requirements in the Australian Standards. This means money is wasted as cyclists ignore expensive facilities which have been installed without thought to:
– placement: putting racks a long way from a cyclist’s destination,
– racking: providing racks you can’t lock your bike to properly
– security: putting them in areas which are not safe.
The Green Building Council of Australia includes the Tra-3 Cyclist Facilities credit in all its Green Star rating tools and they follow Australian Standards.
Cyclist Facility Credits Solve Problems for Green Building Architects and Developers
The cyclist facilities credits are an easy, attractive and inexpensive way for architects, developers , owners and builders to achieve Green Star points and really walk the talk when it comes to providing user friendly cyclist facilities.
A total of three points are available. The credits available depend on the tool being used. Office projects are rewarded with one point when secure bike storage is provided for 5% of building staff. The bike storage facilities must be secure and have accessible showers and changing facilities next to the showers. Lockers must be provided per bicycle space. An additional point is awarded for providing visitor parking which is accessible, close to a major entrance, clearly signposted and provided at a ratio of one space per 750 square meters.
For projects including schools, universities and colleges one point is available if Australian Standards compliant bicycle storage is provided for 5% peak number of students using the facility at any time and two points are available if bicycle parking is available for 10% of students using the facility at any one time. One point is available if bike storage is provided for 5% of building staff and 2 points for 10% of staff.
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www.bikestorage.com.au is a member of the Green Building Council of Australia