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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Art Racks (Non-standard Bicycle Racks)


The Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) recognizes that the installation of bicycle parking racks, especially racks of innovative and aesthetic designs by property owners, improves Portland's transportation infrastructure and enhances Portland's image as a livable, innovative city. In particular, the installation of bicycle racks on city streets furthers these goals:

  • To provide needed parking for the increasing number of people who choose bicycling as a transportation option
  • To enhance Portland's image as a people- and bicycle-friendly city; a community that regards bicycles as a permanent and important part of the city's transportation infrastructure
  • To encourage more people to choose cycling as a transportation option
  • To create a symbol for our city's livability that will gain positive attention locally, regionally and nationally.

Want to install an art rack?  Find out how, step-by-step, by clicking here. ("Art Rack Approval and Installation 101"  31 kb PDF file)

Start by requesting an encroachment permit here: 

You can find the Administrative Rule which describes requirements for design and installation by clicking here.

You can find a list of companies that fabricate bicycle racks by clicking here.

For specific questions please call Active Transportation at 503-823-9863 to speak with Sarah Goforth (