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Artistic and Non-Standard Bicycle Racks

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Businesses that want to install custom, artistic, or non-standard bike racks may do so as long as the racks meet the City's design and location specifications. City staff will work with you to ensure compliance.

This application should take 15-20 minutes to complete.

Artistic and non-standard bike racks

A bike rack in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses
An image of a bike rack in the shape of a pair of eye glasses.

Artistic bike racks can be an innovative and aesthetic addition in front of a business while simultaneously providing a place for visitors to park a bicycle or scooter. Businesses may request to install one by applying for an encroachment permit and confirming the design meets the City's design and placement requirements. 

Design check-list

The proposed rack must meet design requirements and spacing guidelines. Please review the document below. 

Apply for an Encroachment Permit

An encroachment is a privately owned structure or infrastructure that is placed within the public right-of-way such as a bike rack or bench. The public right-of-way is essentially the streets and sidewalks that are owned by government agencies. In order to place a custom bike rack on the sidewalk, you will need to apply for this permit. 

Bike Rack Installation Permit