New Bicycle Parking Requirements Approved by Planning Commission – excerpt

New Bicycle Parking Requirements Approved by Planning Commission…
The proposal is anticipated to go before the Board of Supervisors in June 2013.
If the proposal is adopted, garages and buildings owned and leased by the City will be required to upgrade the bicycle facilities within one year to comply with the new Planning Code standards. The proposal will also require new and renovated privately owned commercial buildings, and new residential buildings to comply with the bicycle parking requirements… (more)


SF Planning Commission Approves New Bike Parking Plan

KCBS – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Bicyclists in San Francisco may soon find it a lot easier to find a parking space for their two-wheelers.
The San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday approved a plan to increase bicycle parking in both residential and commercial areas of the City. The next stop for the bike parking plan: the full Board of Supervisors… (more)

They left out the request for showers and lockers in the work places where the cyclists to change and freshen up after cycling to work. Do regular folks get to use the facilities or will this perk be reserved by cyclists only?


Planning Commission Approves Higher Bike Parking Requirements
New buildings in San Francisco will be required to provide more secure bike parking under legislation approved by the Planning Commission yesterday. The ordinance is expected to be approved by the Board of Supervisors next month…
the ordinance will overhaul bike parking requirements for new residential and commercial buildings citywide,…
The Planning Commission voted to remove the “active use” provision, so providing bike parking within 25 feet of the front of a building will still require a permit. The alternative is to place the bike parking closer to the rear of a building or on a different floor.
The strongest opponent of re-defining bike parking as an active use was Commissioner Katherine Moore. While she fully supported the rest of the ordinance, she said that a parked bicycle “is an inanimate object, not an active use.”… (more)

Newly Proposed Bicycle Parking Requirements – excerpt

On Thursday, May 16th, 2013, the Commission will consider:
the re-adoption of the General Plan Amendments regarding the Bike Plan; and
the adoption of the proposed bicycle parking requirements in the Planning Code.

If approved by the Commission, both proposals would be forwarded to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for final approvals.
The Planning Department invites you to attend this hearing to express your thoughts about bicycle parking. The case report for this hearing, including the complete proposed ordinances can be downloaded from the Planning Commission’s webpage on:

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BART eager to fast-track trains’ bicyclist ridership

By: Will Reisman | SF Examiner Staff Writer – excerpt
BART officials are considering launching bicycle sharing, improving bike access at stations and designing new trains to accommodate more riders as ways to double the rate of cyclists using the system over the next decade…

The report recommends evaluating and potentially increasing the cost of automobile parking at stations; making it possible to pay for bike storage with Clipper cards; and reconsidering the agency’s current escalator bike ban, which forces riders to lug their bikes up and down several flights of stairs or wait for one of BART’s often remote elevators.

Plan in motion – A look at recommendations in BART’s draft bike plan.

  • Clean elevators regularly
  • Revisit bike ban on escalators
  • Light all bicycle parking areas
  • Evaluate and implement bike sharing at all BART stations
  • Provide space for bicycles in new BART trains
  • Educate passengers and staff on use and benefits of bicycles
  • Fight bicycle theft
  • Support local efforts to improve bike access to stations
  • Allow Clipper payment for bicycle parking
Note the plan to charge for bicycle parking. Just as we predicted, once the public accepts parking charges for cars and motorcycles, they will not stop there. Now is the time for citizens to act if they want to protect their right to free use of their city streets.