Designing in space-saving bike storage

Maximising the space you have available for cycle parking is an increasing priority across the different sectors that install storage facilities, however it’s also important to consider the needs of cyclists and deliver a user-friendly cycle store when planning a parking facility.

Residential cycle stores and railway stations often utilise large numbers of two-tier racks to achieve the required number of parking spaces. High capacity racking systems must be used in these environments, but designing suitably wide corridors for cyclists to manoeuvre and turn bicycles whilst parking is equally important.

Too often this is neglected, and cycle stores are installed with insufficient loading distances and corridor width. This means the cycle parking is difficult to use and far more likely to cause injury when cyclists attempt to load and unload their bikes.

We recommend the following are taken into account during your initial planning process

  • Loading distance for the rack (ask the manufacturer for a recommended dimensions)
  • Corridor width for passing and turning bicycles
  • The height of a cycle store can determine whether or not double-height racks are appropriate.
  • Utilising the cycle store planning service from a bicycle parking company.