Parking Your Bicycle

Bicycle parking: post-and-rings on Dunster Street in Harvard Square

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 over 1,000 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.

On-street bicycle parking stalls

Bicycle Stall - One Broadway, Cambridge

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. Click here for photos of the 2012 locations. You can also see a map showing the NEW 2013 bicycle parking stall locations.  

Bicycle Rack Requests

To request that a bicycle rack be placed on public property, please email bikerack@cambridgema.gov.

Map of bicycle Rack Locations

Click here for a map showing bicycle parking on public property.

Rules and Regulations

Click here for a link to the Cambridge traffic regulations related to bicycling parking. From Section 12.9, PDF page 26:

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 Jeff Rosenblum at jrosenblum@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4615.