New Bike Parking Australian Standard now in place
It may have been a long wait but the 1993 Australian Standard covering Bicycle End of Trip facilities has been overhauled to meet current conditions. The 2015 revision released in September provides much need clarity for planners, architects, builders and developers who are designing and installing bicycle parking in buildings and precincts nationally.
The old standard, although user centric, had failed to keep pace with rapid change in bicycle design and bike storage rack trends, especially the move towards wall mounted racks, tiered racks, sliding bike storage or multi bike rails.
The introduction of a bicycle spacing envelope in the new standard provides a conceptually neat way for professionals to quickly calculate how many bikes they can fit in to a given space while complying with Australian Standards and keeping the focus firmly on the needs of the cyclist. Just as car parking spaces have spacing delineated for drivers, now bike parking facilities have a bicycle envelope which gives cyclists the space needed to park and lock their bicycles safely and without interference from other bicycles and users.
All racks no matter if they are stand alone or part of a system now need 500mm spacing between adjacent racks in order to comply with the new standard. This applies whether they are vertical or wall mounted rack, ground mounted or form part of a multi bike parking rack.
In order to cater for a wider variety of cyclists, including women and disabled riders and those with a recumbent, panniers or mudguards there is also a new requirement for a minimum of 20% of bicycle parking space to be provided at ground level.
Other changes include:
- Further guidance for off-carriageway and on-carriageway design requirements.
- Updated typical bicycle dimensions.
- Information about types and characteristics of various styles of bicycles and tricycles.
- Additional guidance for clearance from kerb to parking facilities.
- Guidance for ramp access to underground and above ground parking
Standard compliant bicycle parking needs to ensure that the option exists for the cyclist to lock the bicycle frame and both wheels to a parking device.
The days of the toaster rack, which many will remember from their school days are gone. Any rack which only allows one wheel to be locked or which supports the bicycle by one wheel only, doesn’t provide proper support or security for the whole bicycle says the standard and shouldn’t be used in new installations. However the Standard recognises that bike parking facilities be progressively upgraded or replaced in existing installations which do not meet existing requirements.
The updated standard is available here: