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Bicycle Parking Code Update: PBOT and BPS release the Recommended Draft and City Council date set for November 13, 2019

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On February 26, 2019 the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) adopted, with amendments, the Recommended Draft of the Bicycle Parking Code Update project and sent it to City Council for public hearing, discussion and adoption.

The public hearing at City Council is on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm. 

What is this Zoning Code Project?

The Bicycle Parking Code Update project is focused on ensuring new development and major redevelopment is providing adequate, secure and convenient short- and long-term bicycle parking. 

Why is bicycle parking important?

Portland is a growing city with strong climate and transportation goals. The nature of bicycle parking provided in new developments will have a significant effect on how convenient - and in many cases, how feasible - it is for people to use bicycles for daily transportation. These new developments will shape bicycle use for decades to come. To support our climate policies and to encourage options to driving along, it is important to recognize this influence.

Additionally, riding a bicycle is an important low-cost transportation option. For many households, the option of biking and walking for a portion of their daily trips can mean lowering household costs by potentially reducing the number of vehicles a household owns. 

For these reasons, Portland has adopted policies that require bicycle parking in private development and the Bicycle Parking Code Update project is revising these standards to support current and future transportation goals for our growing city.

Major topics addressed by the project include:

  • Enhance security standards to help prevent bike theft.
  • Increase options for space saving racks. 
  • Usability for a variety of types of bicycles and people of all abilities. 
  • Update the minimum required amounts of short-term and long-term bicycle parking. 
  • Require that a percentage of long-term bicycle parking in residential buildings is located in bike rooms rather than in residential units.
  • Develop design standards for the in-unit bicycle parking that addresses the usability issues with in-unit bicycle parking. 
  • Maintain flexibility in where bicycle parking can be located on a project.  

Review the Proposed Draft of the Bicycle Parking Code Update and the Appendices

Tell City Council What You Think: 

1) Via the Map App:

Click on the "Testify" button. You can testify about specific proposals or the proposals in general. Testifying in the Map App is as easy as sending an email. Once your testimony is submitted, you can read it in real time. 

2) US Mail: 

Portland City Council

c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Attn: Bicycle Parking Testimony

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100

Portland, OR 97201

*You must provide your full name and mailing address  

3) At the Public Hearing 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm 

Portland City Council Chambers - 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204