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City of Santa Cruz Bicycle Parking Ordinance


1. Bicycle parking facilities shall be provided for any new building, addition or enlargement of
an existing building, or for any change in the occupancy, except when the project property is
located within the Parking District Number 1.
2. Bike Spaces and Type Required. Bicycle parking facilities quantity and type shall be
provided in accordance with the following schedule, with fractional quantity requirements for
bike parking over .5 to be rounded up. Each bicycle parking space shall be no less than six feet
long by two feet wide and shall have a bicycle rack system in compliance with the bike rack
classifications listed in subsection 3. Fractional amounts of the type of parking facilities may be
shifted as desired.:

3. Classification of Facilities.
a. “Class 1 bicycle facility” means a locker, individually locked enclosure or
supervised area within a building providing protection for each bicycle therein from
theft, vandalism and weather.
b. “Class 2 bicycle facility” means a stand or other device constructed so as to
enable the user to secure by locking the frame and one wheel of each bicycle parked
therein. Racks must be easily usable with both U-locks and cable locks. Racks
should support the bikes in a stable upright position so that a bike, if bumped, will
not fall or roll down. Racks that support a bike primarily by a wheel, such as
standard “wire racks” are damaging to wheels and thus are not acceptable. (See
Bikes are Good Business design guidelines.)

4. Location and Design of Facilities.
a. Bicycle parking should be located in close proximity to the building’s entrance
and clustered in lots not to exceed sixteen spaces each.
b. Bicycle parking facilities shall support bicycles in a stable position without
damage to wheels, frame or other components.
c. Bicycle parking facilities should be located in highly visible, well-lighted areas
to minimize theft and vandalism.
d. Bicycle parking facilities shall be securely anchored to the lot surface so they
cannot be easily removed and shall be of sufficient strength to resist vandalism and
e. Bicycle parking facilities shall not impede pedestrian or vehicular circulation,
and should be harmonious with their environment both in color and design. Parking
facilities should be incorporated whenever possible into building design or street
f. Racks must not be placed close enough to a wall or other obstruction so as to
make use difficult. There must be sufficient space (at least twenty-four inches)
besides each parked bike that allows access. This access may be shared by adjacent
bicycles. An aisle or other space shall be provided to bicycles to enter and leave the
facility. This aisle shall have a width of at least six feet to the front or rear of a bike
parked in the facility.
g. Paving is not required, but the outside ground surface shall be finished or
planted in a way that avoids mud and dust.
h. Bike parking facilities within auto parking areas shall be separated by a
physical barrier to protect bicycles from damage by cars, such as curbs, wheel
stops, poles or other similar features.
5. Variation to Requirements.
a. Substitution of Car Parking with Bike Parking. New and preexisting
developments may convert up to 10% of their auto spaces to unrequired additional
bike parking, as long as the spaces are conveniently located near the entrance.
Converted parking spaces must yield at least six bike parking spaces per auto space.
b. Where the provision of bike parking is physically not feasible the requirements
may be waived or reduced to a feasible level by the zoning administrator in
accordance with city bike parking standards for existing buildings.
(Ord. 95-20 § 1, 1995: Ord. 94-15 § 1, 1994).

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