Bicycle Association publishes new cycle parking standard

The Bicycle Association, in partnership with the Cycle Rail Working Group, has published a new UK quality and security standard for public cycle parking. The new standard was announced by MP Chris Heaton-Harris at the Cycle Rail Showcase earlier this month.

The standard provides an authoritative reference for people purchasing, installing and managing public cycle parking in the UK to ensure that the installations which they procure are:

– Easy to use, including consideration of disabled people and inclusion more generally
– Safe for users and for their cycles
– Secure
– Long-lasting
– Fully in compliance with UK legal requirements

Among the key requirements in the standard which help achieve these objectives are:

– Public cycle parking equipment must either be of proven design (e.g. Sheffield stands) or meet clear criteria.
– Spacing and layout criteria must be met, as must requirements around access, lighting and location
– All public cycle parking installations are required to include spaces for non-standard cycles (such as adapted cycles used by disabled people, or cargo bikes)
– Security of the hardware must be proven to nationally recognised Secure by Design standards

The BA and CRWG recommend that this standard be adopted immediately for procurement of UK public cycle parking facilities. “Public cycle parking” refers to cycle parking used by the general public, at facilities operated by either the private or public sector.

The standard is written to be widely applicable, and although the current version also includes sector-specific requirements for railway stations, this is not intended to limit its scope. Further sector-specific requirements (for e.g. hospitals or schools) may be added in future editions, subject to interest and funding.

“Cycle theft remains a significant brake on cycling growth: a significant number of people give up cycling altogether if their bike is stolen. Others may be put off cycling a particular journey if they are not confident of secure parking. Even where cycle parking is provided, there can be issues with quality. Too often what is procured is not well designed, inclusive, durable, or correctly installed, making it ineffective both for the purchaser and for users.

“These are the main issues that the new standard addresses. The BA, as the cycle industry trade association, initiated this cycle parking standard project as part of its efforts on behalf of the industry to address cycle theft. With the participation of stakeholders including DfT, TfL and others, funding was secured via the DfT-funded Cycle Rail Working Group, which is administered by Sustrans, who co-managed this project with the BA. Following a tendering process the standard was drafted and developed by consultancy PJA, led by Adrian Lord, who also led the development of LTN 1/20, the DfT’s publication for local authorities which sets out design and quality standards for cycle infrastructure.”

The new standard can be downloaded here.

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