City of Washington Bicycle Parking Ordinance

Bicycle Parking Ordinance: Washington

Bicycle Parking Regulations

Bicycle parking is required in all buildings with car parking. For advice and assistance on installing bike parking in your building, call the DDOT Bicycle Program at (202) 671-2331.

The following rules come from the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations Title 11, Chapter 21: 2119 BICYCLE PARKING SPACES:

2119.1 Bicycle parking spaces shall be provided for office, retail and service uses, except for retail and service uses in the C-3-C (Medium Density Office, Retail, and Housing), C-4 (Central Business District), and C-5 (Pennsylvania Avenue) (PAD) districts.

2119.2 The number of bicycle parking spaces provided shall be at least equal to five percent (5%) of the number of automobile parking spaces required under §2101.1.

2119.3 Bicycle facilities shall have convenient access from the building or structure and street or other bicycle right-of-way, be clean, secure and well lit and shall be located within a building or structure, either on the ground floor, basement, or first cellar level.

2119.4 All bicycle parking spaces required under §2119.1 shall be a minimum of two feet (2′) in width and six feet (6′) in length.

2119.5 An aisle five feet (5′) in width shall be provided between rows of bicycle parking spaces and the perimeter of the area devoted to bicycle parking.

2119.6 If a room or common locker not divided into individual spaces is used to meet these requirements, twelve square feet of floor area shall be considered the equivalent of one (1) bicycle parking space. Where manufactured metal lockers or racks are provided, each locker or stall devoted to bicycle parking shall be counted as one bicycle parking space.

2119.7 For office uses in the C-4 and C-5 (PAD) districts, bicycle parking spaces shall be provided as if the building or structure were located in a C-3-C district.

2119.8 Signs shall be posted stating where bicycle parking spaces are located in each building or structure where bicycle parking spaces are required. The signs shall be located in a prominent place at each entrance to the building or structure. The sign shall have a white background, with black lettering which is no more than two inches (2″) in height.

2119.9 For a building or structure existing on March 1, 1985, one percent (1%) of the amount of required parking spaces may be converted to bicycle parking spaces of appropriate size.


To provide bicycle parking in all buildings with car parking.

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