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08/17/2015

Honorable Mayor and Councilors

City Manager

City Attorney

Clerk of Council

Subject: Add Section 4.3.11.4 by adding Bicycle Parking in Lieu of Minimum Parking.


Rick Jones, AICP
Director, Planning Department

None

STAFF REPORT

Bicycle Parking in Lieu of Minimum Parking


APPLICATION



PROPOSED TEXT AMENDMENT

Staff Report for Council meeting 8/25/15

REZN-07-15-1458

Text Amendment Change to the UDO

Request to amend the text of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) in regards to adding Section 4.3.11.4 to be Titled “Bicycle Parking in Lieu of Minimum Parking”.
UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE REVISIONS
(Explanation of Revisions)

Explanation of Revisions: Add Section 4.3.11.4 by adding Bicycle Parking in Lieu of Minimum Parking.

Section 4.3.11.4 Bicycle Parking in Lieu of Minimum Parking

A . Applicability

Commercial buildings and multi-family residential buildings may elect to reduce their minimum parking requirements by providing bicycle parking at a rate of exchange of 1 standard parking space for every 8 units of bicycle parking provided. Buildings requiring 3 or fewer parking spaces may not elect this option.

For properties requiring more than three (3) parking spaces, the property owner may exchange one (1) parking space for every eight (8) units of bicycle parking.


Rate of exchange
Parking RequirementUnits of Bicycle ParkingParking Reduction
Minimum of 3or lessNot eligible for reduction.Not eligible for reduction.
Minimum of 4
8 units
1 Space
Minimum of 5
16 units
2 Spaces
Minimum of …
8 units = 1 space

B. Function and Design

The recommended bike rack by the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals is the inverted “U” design. This design is economical, secure, and well designed to meet the needs of many types of bicyclists and bicycles. Other designs may be used provided that they meet the functional criteria described below.

Functional Criteria


C. Placement and Setbacks

The bicycle racks must be placed within seventy-five (75) feet of an entrance and in a visible, well lit area. The bicycle racks may be placed in separate locations on the property but may not be reduced to fewer than two (2) racks per location. Bicycle racks must be at least twenty-four (24) inches away from buildings and five (5) feet away from fire hydrants and infrastructure. The minimum distance between two bike racks placed side by side should be no less than thirty (30) inches. If the bike racks are to be located within a parking lot or area with traffic, it is recommended that physical buffers or signage be created to protect bicyclists and notify vehicles to exercise caution.









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