The steps to take will vary whether cycle parking is being added to existing on-street locations or otherwise but the following are key to consider:
- location - should be close to trip generators and visible, both to be found by people cycling and also to ensure ‘passive surveillance’ to reduce the risk of theft. In busy shopping areas there may be a balance between spacing stands along a street and having banks of stands where you will be normally able to find a space.
- design and installation - good intentions can easily go wrong with skimping on badly designed stands (or splashing out on attractive yet impractical stands) or failing to ensure a sufficient gap round the stands leaving something that is largely worthless
- quantity - particularly in new developments that should last for generations it is worth planning ahead for much higher levels of cycling
- cost and funding - there may be a range of sources of funding out there
- maintenance and management - easy to forget but key, for example what will happen to abandoned cycles that may clog up spaces?
Finally don’t forget to make sure that there is information about where to find cycle parking, such as on maps and in the ‘how to find us’ section of websites and promotional material for organisations - see the mapping what’s in your area and creating travel information sections.
Sustrans - Cycle Parking Info Sheet (2004) - a brief introduction
Cambridge Cycle Campaign - cycle parking guide (2008) - aimed at developers and promoters more than communities but excellent and includes a list of suppliers for different types of cycle parking.