Bicycle Parking Zoning Modifications
The City of Cambridge, through its Zoning Ordinance, has required bicycle parking as part of new development since 1981. These requirements, along with other improvements and investments made by the City, have helped to support bicycling as a preferred transportation option in Cambridge.
Bicycling in Cambridge has increased dramatically, approximately tripling in the past decade alone. While this has resulted in many environmental, economic and health benefits to the Cambridge community, it has also resulted in higher demand for bicycle parking. The bicycle parking requirements had not changed substantially in over 30 years, and the regulations were not consistent with modern standards in Cambridge or nationwide.
CDD, working with the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department, the Bicycle Committee and the Planning Board, developed a revised set of bicycle parking zoning requirements. These requirements were adopted into the Zoning Ordinance by the City Council on June 3, 2013. Information about the new requirements can be downloaded from this page.
Public Bicycle Parking Fund
If a property owner cannot meet the requirements for short-term bicycle parking on a lot, the owner is required to contribute to a Public Bicycle Parking Fund as per Zoning Ordinance Section 6.104.2 b “Short-Term Bicycle Parking Public Contribution.” To submit to this fund, fill out this form and return to Jeffrey Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org. To determine the amount for contribution, the price per rack (including purchasing, siting, installation, ownership, and maintenance) can be found in this memo. This price should be applied to the parking quantities specified as per Zoning Ordinance Section 6.107.3.”