Bicycle Parking and Related Storage Facilities

Explanation: Providing safe and accessible opportunities to park bicycles and other active transport devices at schools (and in the surrounding community) is essential to encouraging sustained use of such devices.  Unfortunately, although ample automobile parking has been common at schools, bicycle storage has generally been overlooked, and storage for other active transportation devices is practically nonexistent.  When present, bicycle racks may be substandard, insufficient, and located in low-visibility areas on school campuses where bicycles are at risk for theft. In contrast, when racks are abundant and prominent, bicycling has been shown to be an accepted and welcomed practice and can achieve its full potential for health benefits and reduced traffic congestion.[67] The most common bicycle racks installed at schools – often referred to as “wheel benders” – are inadequate for modern bicycle needs. School districts should make bicycle parking, storage, and security at each school a priority, and they should consider access and storage for skateboards, scooters, and other devices as well. Protecting bicycles from the elements can also encourage bicycling. Bicycle shelters can be purchased or constructed by districts or, with adequate design guidance, constructed by volunteers.

Option 1: District shall ensure that each school provides sufficient storage facilities for bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or similar human-powered devices to encourage active transportation to and from school. District shall seek the input of active transportation advocates to ensure that the quality of such facilities is satisfactory. Further, District shall ensure that the quantity of storage facilities increases in proportion to demand. Individual schools may not unreasonably restrict storage of active transportation devices in designated areas during school hours.

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2

Option 2: District shall ensure that each school provides sufficient storage facilities for bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or similar human-powered devices to encourage active transportation to and from school. District shall seek the input of active transportation advocates to ensure that the quality of such facilities is satisfactory. Further, District shall ensure that the quantity of storage facilities increases in proportion to demand.  Individual schools may not unreasonably restrict storage of active transportation devices in designated areas during school hours.

To ensure convenience and protection from theft or vandalism, storage facilities shall be located in visible areas, near school entrances, and when deemed appropriate by school officials, in locked facilities.

Rating: 
2

Option 3: District shall ensure that each school provides sufficient storage facilities for bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or similar human-powered devices to encourage active transportation to and from school. District shall seek the input of active transportation advocates to ensure that the quality of such facilities is satisfactory. Further, District shall ensure that the quantity of storage facilities increases in proportion to demand.  Individual schools may not unreasonably restrict storage of active transportation devices in designated areas during school hours.

To ensure convenience and protection from theft or vandalism, storage facilities shall be located in visible areas, near school entrances, and when deemed appropriate by school officials, in locked facilities.  All storage facilities shall provide protection from the elements.  District shall also encourage individual schools to provide repair tools such as air pumps and other common tools to help students repair minor equipment failures.

Rating: 
2

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