Parking Your Bicycle
The City of Cambridge encourages the provision of bicycle parking throughout the city in order to support and encourage the use of bicycles as a mode of transportation. Bicycle parking is provided on both public and private property through inclusion in infrastructure projects, as a requirement of new development projects, and through the City’s bicycle parking program.
The number of rush hour cycling trips in Cambridge tripled between 2002 and 2012, accompanied by an increase in the demand for bicycle parking. There are presently around 3,000 bicycle parking racks on the public right of way throughout the city, about 90% of which are located in commercial districts.
Click here for more information about the bicycle parking installation program.
Map of Bicycle Rack Locations
Click here for a map showing bicycle parking on public property.
Locking Your Bicycle
Lock your bike, even if you're just leaving it for a minute. The best, most effective way to park your bike will depend on the type of bike you have. Sturdy U-shaped locks generally work best. Be sure to lock the frame and at least one wheel to the rack. If you only have one lock, choose the most vulnerable wheel, such as a quick-release wheel. Back wheels are usually more expensive to replace, but may be more difficult to remove.
On-Street Bicycle Parking Stalls
Because of limited sidewalk space available for bicycle parking, especially in dense business districts, combined with competing sidewalk uses such as accommodating increased pedestrian travel and sidewalk cafés, Cambridge utilizes on-street parking spaces for bicycle parking stalls. Each stall fits in one vehicle parking spot and provides parking for 14 bicycles.
The program was launched in Spring 2012 with eight stalls placed at various locations around the city. Stalls are put into storage for the winter months. Funding for the stalls was provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council funding program.
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 at email@example.com. 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.
Bicycle Rack Requests
To request that a bicycle rack be placed on public property, please fill out a report on the Commonwealth Connect citizen reporting platform SeeClickFix.
Gallery of Bike Racks
Below are examples of bike racks that meet the city’s bicycle rack requirements. For more information on bicycle parking requirements, please see the Cambridge Bicycle Parking Guide.
Rules and Regulations
Click here for a link to the Cambridge traffic regulations related to bicycling parking. From Section 12.9:
Sec. 12.9 BICYCLE PARKING ON THE PUBLIC WAY
(a) Bicycles are permitted to park against a building, street sign pole (except any street sign pole that designate a disability/handicap parking space), or on a bicycle rack or other facility specifically intended for that purpose.
(b) Under no circumstances shall a bicycle obstruct the pedestrian path of travel or disability/handicap access ramps. A parked bicycle must leave at least 36 inches of an obstruction free path of travel.
(c) Bicycles are not permitted to be parked to: fire hydrants, hand railings, benches, trees, trash receptacles and parking meters or any sign pole, light pole and utility pole that has a sign designating a disability/handicap parking space.
(d) Bicycles shall not be parked longer than 72 consecutive hours at the same location in any business district as defined in section 12.8. At no such time, shall a bicycle obstruct a person with disabilities access to a vehicle, walkway or building.
(e) Bicycles in violation of the above regulations shall be tagged and removed immediately if presenting a public safety hazard as noted in section 12.9 (b) and given a 72-hour notice to remove for violations in section 12.9 (c) and (d). Removed bicycles shall be held by the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works for a minimum of 30 days.
(f) No motorized vehicles shall be parked on a bicycle rack or other facility specifically designed and intended for bicycle parking. Violators are subject to immediate removal from the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works or Police Department.
Bicycles that are in violation of the regulations will be tagged and removed by the Department of Public Works, 617/349-4800. You can also report abandoned bicycles to this number.
Broken Bicycle Rack
If you see a problem with a public bike rack, you can report it here.
Bicycle Parking on Private Property
Click here for the Cambridge Bicycle Parking Guide, including information about zoning regulations and standards for bicycle parking.
For More information
For more information contact Justin Schreiber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617/349-6012.