Posted by: kendra | February 13, 2009

Bike This Weekend Open Thread

love on wheels!

Originally uploaded by .RADICAL.BPN!

Welcome to the weekend!



  1. Check out this Baristanet post that includes the wording of Montclair’s proposed bicycle parking ordinance.

    That is AWESOME

  2. Here’s the wording of the ordinance for people feeling to lazy to click through!

    A. Findings. It is the intent of this Ordinance to reduce traffic congestion, and air and noise pollution, and to promote the health and welfare of the residents of the Township, by encouraging the use of bicycles through the establishment of requirements for off-street parking of bicycles in conjunction with the use of land. The number of bicycle parking and storage spaces required herein varies according to type, location, and intensity of development in the different zoning districts.

    B. Bicycle Spaces Required.

    1. Bicycle parking facilities shall be required for any new building, addition or enlargement of an existing building, or for any change in the use of an existing building, depending on the use of the property, in accordance with the following schedule, with fractional requirements for bike parking over .5 to be rounded up:
    a. Commercial; Industrial, Office, Retail, Service — 2+15% of number of auto spaces required
    b. Multi-Family Residential — 3 or more units, 1 space per unit
    c. Public, or Commercial Recreation — 35% of auto parking requirement
    d. Schools — 1 space per 3 students
    e. Park and Ride Lots and Transit Centers — 35% of auto parking
    f. Hotels and rooming houses — 1 space per 5 units

    C. Type of bicycle parking required.

    Each bicycle parking space shall be no less than six feet long by two feet wide (6’X2′) and shall have a bicycle rack system in compliance with the bike rack classifications listed in item 4 as follows: Fractional amounts of the type of parking facilities may be shifted as desired.
    a. Office, Industrial (Commercial) Financial — 60% Class 1 / 40% Class 2
    b. Retail, Service (Commercial) — 20% Class 1 / 80% Class 2
    c. Multi-Family Residential (3 or more units) — 100% Class 1d. Public or Commercial Recreation — 10% Class 1 / 90% Class 2
    e. Schools — 100% Class 2, Secured, Covered
    f. Park and Ride Lots — 80% Class 1 / 20% Class 2
    g. Transit Center — 100% Class 2, Secured, Covered

    D. Classification of Facilities

    a. Class 1 bicycle facility means a locker, individually locked enclosure or supervised area within a building providing protection for each bicycles therein from theft, vandalism and weather.
    b. Class 2 bicycle facility means a stand or other device constructed so as to enable the user to secure by locking the frame and one wheel of each bicycle parked therein. Racks must be easily usable with both U-locks and cable locks. Racks should support the bikes in a stable upright position so that a bike, if bumped, will not fall or roll down. Racks that support a bike primarily by a wheel, such as standard ‘wire racks’ are damaging to wheels and thus are not acceptable.

    E. Location and Design of Facilities

    a. Bicycle parking should be located in close proximity to the buildings entrance and clustered in lots not to exceed 16 spaces each.
    b. Bicycle parking facilities shall support bicycles in a stable position without damage to wheels, frame or other components.
    c. Bicycle parking facilities should be located in highly visible well lighted areas to minimize theft and vandalism.
    d. Bicycle parking facilities shall be securely anchored to the lot surface so they cannot be easily removed and shall be of sufficient strength to resist vandalism and theft.
    e. Bicycle parking facilities shall not impede pedestrian or vehicular circulation, and should be harmonious with their environment both in color and design. Parking facilities should be incorporated whenever possible into building design or street furniture.
    f. Racks must not be placed close enough to a wall or other obstruction so as to make use difficult. There must be sufficient space (at least 24 inches) beside each parked bike that allows access. This access may be shared by adjacent bicycles. An aisle or other space shall be provided to bicycles to enter and leave the facility. This aisle shall have a width of at least six (6) feet to the front or rear of a bike parked in the facility.
    g. Paving is not required, but the outside ground surface shall be finished or planted in a way that minimizes mud and dust.
    h. Bike parking facilities within auto parking areas shall be separated by a physical barrier to protect bicycles from damage by cars, such as curbs, wheel stops, poles or other similar features.

    F. Conversion of existing automobile parking spaces

    New and pre-existing developments may convert up to 10% of their auto spaces to bicycle parking. Converted spaces must yield at least 6 bike spaces per auto space, and shall not count toward any bicycle parking requirement.

  3. Saw you ridin’ on the sidewalk today! LOL
    Breakin’ the LAW!

  4. Yesterday we went into the city, and at Union Square we saw the wrapping up of a wediding where everyone was on bikes all decorated up. Later we saw the newly wedded riding in a pedicab with cans behind it and another guy in front of the pedicab towing a Times Up! sign that said Love Your Lane. Very nice!

  5. hey guys! thanks so much for using my piece of work for this! ride on.

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