Bike Parking

On May 21st, 2009 the Kansas City, MO City Council adopted a new development code that includes provisions for bicycle parking in most new developments. The full bike parking regulations are available here, and the highlights are below:

General Requirements

  • Must be provided by most businesses, offices, public buildings, etc.
  • Number of bike racks is determined as a ratio of the automobile parking requirement
  • Two types of parking are defined
    • Short term parking – Customer parking on the sidewalk or near the building entrance
    • Long term parking – Secure parking for employees at the work place or for tenants of apartment, condo, loft buildings. Can be in a basement, storage room, garage, or outside under a canopy or roof overhang.
  • No bike parking required for single-family houses or apartment/condo buildings with 12 or fewer units
  • Standards for design and placement of bike racks
  • “Inverted U” or “staple” type of rack is preferred
  • Parking garages must include bike racks.

Special Incentives for Bicycle Parking
Businesses that provide extra facilities like dressing rooms, locker rooms, showers, etc. can have their automobile parking requirements reduced by up to 15%. This means if an employer goes above and beyond the minimum, they can build a smaller parking lot or garage. This is optional for the employer.

Traffic Impact Analysis
Projects are required to conduct a traffic impact analysis must also include an analysis of the impact on bicycle, pedestrian, and transit traffic.

The new regulations become optional after six months, and mandatory after 12 months.  So any development proposed after May 21st, 2010 will be required to include bicycle parking.

Read the full text of the bike parking regulations.

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