An ordinance amending the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for Columbus, Georgia so as to amend certain sections of the Unified Development Ordinance of the Columbus Codes so as to allow bicycle parking in lieu of a minimum parking requirement variance.


Chapter 4 of the Unified Development Ordinance is hereby amended by adding a new subsection 4.3.11 (D) to read as follows:

“(D). Bicycle Parking in Lieu of Minimum Parking 

1. 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. Maximum allowable exchange will be determined by the Planning Director on a case by case basis.
Rate of exchange
Parking Requirement
Units of Bicycle Parking
Parking Reduction
3 or fewer
Not 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

2. 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: 3. 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.


All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the 25th day of August, 2015 introduced a second time at a regular meeting of said Council held on the ______ day of ________, 2015, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ________ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting____________.
Councilor Baker voting____________.
Councilor Barnes voting___________.
Councilor Buck voting_____________.
Councilor Davis voting____________.
Councilor Henderson voting________.
Councilor Huff voting_____________.
Councilor Pugh voting_____________.
Councilor Thomas voting___________.
Councilor Woodson voting__________.

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