Biking is a key feature in modern urban centers. With its growing popularity, we're seeing an increasing number of authorities on the subject of planning and development.
Check out these resources for information on the following:
- Research in community planning and implementation
- Policy development and engagement programs
- Examples of practical applications
Bicycle End-of-Trip Facilities: A guide for Canadian municipalities and employers (2010)
Prepared for Transport Canada, this guide aims to help municipal planers, businesses, multi-family property owners and colleges and universities create appropriate and attractive bicycle facilities to encourage bike use. It looks at assessing demand, designing layouts, balancing costs and includes case studies from North American cities.
Bicycle Parking Guidelines (2002, 2010)
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals have published two editions of their Bicycle Parking Guidelines. The newest version is available for purchase, but an executive summary and the first edition are both free to download. The resource offers strategies for bike parking planning, implementation and maintenance.
Bicycle Protection Program: Program Guidelines and Application (2011)
In 2011, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, CA, implemented a funding program to encourage local businesses, public agencies and non-profits to install public bike facilities. By meeting a strict criteria, successful applicants would receive money to install approved facilities at their on-site locations.
Bikeable Design: A toolkit for bike friendly development (2013)
The Bikeable Design Toolkit provides information on creating a bike-friendly city through effective infrastructure, including parking, showers, workshop stations, signage, lighting and integrated transit and bikeway systems. It supplements the vision and requirements of the Los Angeles 2011 Bicycle Master Plan and 2013 Bicycle Parking Ordinance and offers recommendations from other communities around the world. The full document is available as a downloadable PDF.
City of Aurora Parking Ordinance
For city planners and policy developers, the City of Aurora has published its city parking policies on its website. The document provides detailed descriptions of city requirements and guidelines.
City of Toronto Bicycle Parking Resources
The City of Toronto has implemented several bicycle programs and offers several resources for community planners and cyclists—including how to plan effective parking infrastructure and proper use of facilities.
Originally dedicated to ice biking and cycling in the winter, the website has since evolved to offer a range of topics, including how-to guides, car-free lifestyles, gear and other miscellaneous stories from experts around the world.
Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), Portland State University
IBPI is a research institute that aims to support industry and policy development to further the integration of bike and pedestrian travel in Oregon. It offers an extensive list of research-based content on best practices for community planning, engineering and design.
National Bike Registry
The National Bike Registry (NBR) will register a bike's serial number for a small fee. If a bike is stolen and then recovered, registration ensures proof of ownership. Law enforcement agencies also have access to NBR databases, which they can use to notify owners when a registered bike has been recovered.
Parking Solutions: PAS Essential Info Packet (2009)
The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) develops resources for community planners in the United States. Parking Solutions, available for PDF download, offers several articles on best practices for parking planning and design for both motor vehicles and bikes.
Portland Bureau of Transportation Bicycle Resources
The Portland Bureau of Transportation offers a number of community bike resources, including free bike racks and installation for businesses. Companies can also opt to pay for the installation of a bike corral at their location.
The Rise of the North American Protected Bike Lane, Momentum Magazine
This article, published in Momentum Magazine in July, 2013, looks at the rise of the often-contested protected bike lane. It makes a strong argument for the visual and psychological separation between bike lanes and motor traffic, citing a reduction in injuries, increased cycling rates and benefits to local businesses.