8 to 1

Who wouldn’t support that return on investment?

SEATTLE – Working to support the city’s growing number of bicyclists, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will create on-street bicycle parking in neighborhoods around Seattle. With a goal of having one to two per neighborhood, the department will install these unique bike facilities at three locations starting next week.

Taking the place of one to two motor vehicle parking spaces, on-street bike parking will be filled with bicycle racks and surrounded by a raised curb. Bicyclists can enter the parking area from the sidewalk and each car-sized space will accommodate up to eight bikes.

This new program addresses the expanding need for bicycle parking and is part of the ongoing implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan, which seeks to triple the number of people bicycling in Seattle over ten years.


4 Responses to “8 to 1”

  • Karl OnSea says:

    Sounds great – do yo have the source of the 8:1 payback statement – I’d like to pass it along to our councilors here!

  • Alan says:

    Hi Karl,

    It was just a reference to the line, “Bicyclists can enter the parking area from the sidewalk and each car-sized space will accommodate up to eight bikes.”

    Eliminate one car parking space and gain 8 bike parking spaces…

  • 2whls3spds says:

    As Alan points out…8 bikes can park where one car can…and that would be 8 less cars trying to park and 7 more people coming into the area to shop. Good numbers IMHO.


  • Adrienne says:

    There is no law that states that only a car can park in a parking space, as long as the space is paid for (assuming it is a pay space). Because my family is large, and we all ride bikes, there are many places we go that do not have adequate space for all of our bikes. We make sure to take the big locks and lock all 4 bikes and the Burley together in one big bike tepee in a car space. There is no way to get anywhere with 5 wheeled beasts locked together so the bikes are safe, and we have all the space we need as long as we keep the meter fed.

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