A bike room in an office building, parking garage, apartment complex or college dormitory is a great way to add secure indoor bicycle storage. The right bike room layout can ensure bike parking is easy, safe, and secure.
Bike Room Design Guidelines
- Locate the bike room near an exit and avoid stairs or narrow hallways.
- Avoid layout obstructions such as pillars, doors, windows, utility access, and ceiling pipes.
- Locate the bike room near a floor drain for drainage.
- If the site is a large open space, like a parking garage or warehouse, consider building a smaller bike room, or bike lockers may be a better option.
- Provide both horizontal and vertical bike parking for maximum space efficiency and to accommodate different styles of bikes.
- The minimum recommended aisle width is 54 inches (4 feet, 6 inches). This provides enough space for one person to walk one bike.
- To accommodate simultaneous users, the recommended minimum aisle width is 72 inches (6 feet).
- Account for door clearance and entry and exit flows.
- Consider extra space for parking bikes with trailers.
- Limit access to the bike room to authorized users to increase security.
- Bike racks should enable the bike frame and wheel to be locked to the rack.
- Ensure the bike room has adequate lighting.
- Consider surveillance cameras for added security.
Recommended Bike Racks for Bike Rooms
The Bike WallRack is a simple, space saving, and economical bike storage system. Designed to free up floor space, the WallRack parks a bike vertically against a wall. Simply roll the bike up to the rack by the back wheel and set the front wheel into the rack. Lock to secure both the wheel and the frame. Bike WallRack Stands can be used to create double-sided bike parking.
Inverted U Racks
CycleSafe U/2 Bike Racks accommodate two bicycles per rack securing both the wheel and frame. This increased stability helps prevent colliding bikes and is safer for pedestrian traffic aisles.
Hi-Density Bike Racks
For maximum capacity, the Hi-Density Bike Rack offers cost-efficient bike parking with two-tier capacity. Simply roll the bike along the channel provided to secure the wheel and bike frame in place. Each Hi-Density Bike Rack allows double-tier parking to hold four bicycles.
The CycleSafe Bike Stall can store up to eight bikes per five foot section. Bikes can be placed at 45º angles to allow for wider aisles.
A well-planned bike room is secure, convenient, easy to use, and an asset to any building. For help selecting the right bike racks or designing a bike room, please contact CycleSafe at 888-950-6531.
CycleSafe is pleased to introduce a new innovation in Bicycle Parking: Extension Bike Lockers.
CycleSafe has designed a variation of their ProPark bike locker to meet the needs of longer wheelbase extension bikes and recumbent bikes. Available in 3-unit locker modules to accommodate (2) extension bikes and (2) standard bikes in individual storage lockers. Bicycle parking units are modular and can be expanded in rows to accommodate additional bike capacity.
The extension bike lockers have one operating lockable door with the opposite door as a fixed rear panel. Each extension unit is composed of two triangular stalls combined by removing the interior side panel of the adjacent locker to create a parallelogram stall for longer bikes or multiple standard bikes. End units are triangular stalls for standard bikes.
Extension Bike Locker Features
- Allows storage for a variety of bikes: Extension bikes, recumbent bikes
- Modular for expansion, can be relocated as needs change
- Existing lockers can be retrofitted to become extension bike lockers
- Available with a variety of door lock options
Find out more about CycleSafe Extention Bike Lockers.
CycleSafe is pleased to announce that the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority has installed 8 CycleSafe bicycle corrals and 90 bicycle racks to improve bicycle parking along its bike paths in downtown Grand Rapids.
“It is the DDA’s belief that these new facilities would help to promote cycling as an alternative mode of transportation and attract cyclists to the downtown area,” DDA planner Eric Pratt writes in a memo to the city’s Parking Commission.
The City of Grand Rapid offers a map giving the locations of bicycle paths, bicycle parking as well as bike shops in the downtown area: http://www.bikegrandrapids.org/files/maps/BikeGRMap_Front_web.pdf.
A new concept for bicycle parking, eight bike corrals have been installed along various business districts downtown. This concept has proven to increase business activities in municipalities in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; as well as many cities in California. A bike corral transforms a standard parking lane or sidewalk area into bike parking for 4-8 bikes per five-foot section. Bikes can be placed at 45º angles to increase pathways between pedestrian or traffic lanes. Bicycle corrals allow for a more efficient use of space than other forms of bicycle parking to encourage traffic and economic activity for local businesses.
U/2™ Bike Racks are the standard in inverted U bike racks, and are recommended by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicyclists Professionals (APBP) and meet government standards for Class 3 short-term bicycle parking.
CycleSafe’s inverted U bike racks accommodate two bicycles per rack providing full security of both the wheel and frame. This increased stability helps prevent colliding bikes and is safer for pedestrian traffic aisles. This efficient design results in more bikes being parked in less space than “wave type” racks while maintaining the bike in a uniform, sturdy position.
CycleSafe Bike Racks and Corrals are made with durable, maintenance-free coatings, available in a thick polymer rubberized coating or TGIC polyester powdercoat, custom colors upon request. They are designed for uniform bike stability and are built to park more bikes per square foot. CycleSafe products are manufactured in West Michigan with materials from the Great Lakes region.
Since its founding in 1980 as a response to the energy crisis of the 70s, CycleSafe has led the way towards sustainable communities promoting active transportation. A leader in promoting green business practices and re-thinking urban transportation systems, the company encourages cycling as an alternative or additional mode of transportation. “Bicycling as a form of enhancing communities with active modes of transit has been identified as the top priority worldwide for conserving natural resources,” states company founder, Richard Hartger.
As the bicycle locker pioneer, CycleSafe offers the most secure, versatile, and cost-effective lockers on the market. CycleSafe bike lockers provide cyclists with peace of mind knowing their bicycle and gear is safe and weather protected. This assurance, in turn, helps increase the use of cycling as a form of fitness and transportation. For communities, more bicycles mean fewer cars, reducing congestion and improving air quality.
CycleSafe products are engineered and manufactured with materials and finishes that follow ISO 9001 for quality assurance and ISO 14001 for environmental standards. In addition, the company researches environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes and produces all its products in the United States.
Its expanded product line includes decorative bicycle racks and bicycle shelters to meet the demands of active commuters, community cyclists, and community planners. “Our products are designed to achieve the goals of transport and urban planners, satisfy the aesthetic desires of architects and the functional needs of the cyclist and facility planner,” Hartger says.
As the leading manufacturer of bicycle parking products in the industry, CycleSafe will continue to innovate and develop new products that enhance the image of cycling and encourage more users to promote healthy, active communities.
CycleSafe is pleased to be recognized by The Green Register under its “Greenovations” category for our dedication to sustainable products and practices as reflected in our Sustainability Statement. The Green Register is a source for the latest in environmental sustainability news, innovative “green” business practices and trends, and useful environmental resources and information.
By providing safe and secure parking options for bicyclists, CycleSafe helps to free up pedestrian space, eliminate pollution by replacing cars with zero-emission bicycles, and promote a healthier lifestyle and more sustainable communities.
A member of the United States Green Building Council, CycleSafe will continually strive to provide a more sustainable world for future generations through innovative products, cleaner manufacturing processes, and advocacy.