News Blog: After 20 years, the City of Portland's Bicycle Parking Code is getting an update

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Read and comment on the Bicycle Parking Code Update Project Discussion Draft by October 1, 2018
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(Aug. 14, 2018) Portland is growing, and more and more people are riding bicycles to commute and to take trips around the city. To support this growth and continue to encourage bicycling as a mode of transportation, the City uses standards and guidelines to support secure, accessible and convenient bicycle parking in all new developments and major redevelopmentsEnd-of-trip facilities, like bicycle parking, are a key component to support the use of bicycles for transportation. Data shows that people are significantly less likely to use a bicycle if they don’t have a safe place to lock it at the end of their trip.  

The Bicycle Parking Chapter of the Zoning Code (33.266.200) update is focused on ensuring new development and major redevelopment provideadequate, secure and convenientshort- and long-term bicycle parking. Portland’s bicycle parking code hasn’t been updated in 20 years. With changes in technology, design and the way people get around town over the past two decades, it’s time for a refresh.

Why is this project Important? 

  • The Portland Bicycle Plan calls for bicycling to account for 25 percent of all trips by 2030.
  • Bicycle parking requirements have not kept pace with the growth in Portland population and ridership. 
  • The majority of the Bicycle Parking Code has not been updated in 20 years. 
  • Need to accommodate all types of bicycles and people of all abilities that ride bicycles. 
  • Bicycle theft and security concerns are growing. 
  • Portland supports bicycling as a low-cost, environmentally friendly mode of transportation. 

Review the Discussion Draft and send us your comments!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) in collaboration with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has released a Discussion Draft of the Bicycle Parking Code Update Project for public review. The document includes the proposed code amendments and background analysis.

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How can I provide feedback? 

Comments on the Discussion Draft are due on October 1, 2018. You can submit your comments any of these ways: 

  • Online Survey: Bicycle Code Online Survey

  • Social Media: Does your residence or place of work have bike parking? What do you love about it? What would you like to have changed? Take a photo and tell us about it in your description. Be sure to tag it with #bikeparkingpdx and @pbotinfo.
  • E-mail:
  • Mail:City of Portland Bureau of Transportation 

Attn: Bicycle Parking Code Update Project

                  1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 800

Portland, OR 97204

Project staff will consider public comments and the City’s goals and policies to produce the Proposed Draft, which will be submitted to the Planning and Sustainability Commission this fall. 

If you have questions or would like to have staff come and talk about the project with your organization, please contact Liz Hormann at 503-823-5086 or Sarah Figliozzi at 503-823-0805 or email: