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Parking Addendum to Chapter 6 - cycle parking

Table 6.3 Cycle Parking minimum standards

 

Land use

Long-stay

Short-stay

A1

food retail

from a threshold of 100 sqm: 1 space per 175 sqm

 

from a threshold of 100 sqm: first 750 sqm: 1 space per 40 sqm
thereafter: 1 space per 300 sqm

non-food retail

from a threshold of 100 sqm: first 1000 sqm: 1 space per 250 sqm
thereafter: 1 space per 1000 sqm

from a threshold of 100 sqm: first 1000 sqm: 1 space per 125 sqm
thereafter: 1 space per 1000 sqm

A2-A5

financial / professional services

from a threshold of 100 sqm: 1 space per 175 sqm

from a threshold of 100 sqm: 1 space per 40 sqm

cafes & restaurants

drinking establishments

take-aways

B1

business offices

inner/ central London: 1 space per 90 sqm

outer London: 1 space per 150 sqm

first 5,000 sqm: 1 space per 500 sqm

thereafter: 1 space per 5,000 sqm

B1

light industry and research and development

1 space per 250 sqm

1 space per 1000 sqm

B2-B8

general industrial, storage or distribution

1 space per 500 sqm

1 space per 1000 sqm

C1

hotels (bars, restaurants, gyms etc open to the public should be considered individually under relevant standards)

1 space per 20 bedrooms

1 space per 50 bedrooms

C2

hospitals

1 space per 5 staff

1 space per 30 staff

C2

care homes / secure accommodation

1 space per 5 staff

1 space per 20 bedrooms

C2

student accommodation

1 space per 2 beds

1 space per 40 beds

C3-C4

dwellings (all)

1 space per studio and 1 bedroom unit

2 spaces per all other dwellings

1 space per 40 units

D1

nurseries/schools (primary and secondary)

1 space per 8 staff + 1 space per 8 students

1 space per 100 students

universities and colleges

1 space per 4 staff + 1 space per 20 FTE students

1 space per 7 FTE students

health centre, including dentists

1 space per 5 staff

1 space per 3 staff

other (e.g. library, church, etc.)

1 space per 8 staff

1 space per 100 sqm

D2

other (e.g. cinema, bingo, etc.)

1 space per 8 staff

1 per 30 seats

sports (e.g. sports hall, swimming, gymnasium, etc.)

1 space per 8 staff

1 space per 100 sqm

Sui generis

as per most relevant other standard e.g. casino and theatre = d2

Stations

to be considered on a case-by-case basis through liaison with tfl

Notes:

in outer London town centres that are designated as ‘mini-Hollands’ or which have high PTALs, cycle parking standards are expected to match those of inner/central London.

where the size threshold has been met, for all land uses in all locations a minimum of 2 short-stay and 2 long-stay spaces must be provided.

Cycle parking areas should allow easy access and cater for cyclists who use adapted cycles

Cycle Parking

6A.11   Cycle parking provided for staff should be suitable for long stay parking, particularly in terms of location, security and protection from the elements (see The London Cycle Design Standards (TfL 2005).

6A.12   The Mayor has reviewed these cycle parking standards to ensure they support delivery of the significant increase in cycling in London referred to in Policy 6.9.

6A.13 Additional cycle parking specifications:

  • Short-stay cycle parking should be available for shoppers, customers, messengers and other visitors to a site, and should be convenient and readily accessible. Short-stay cycle parking should have step-free access and be located within 15 metres of the main site entrance, where possible.
  • For both long-stay and short-stay parking, consideration should be given to providing spaces accessible to less conventional bicycle types, such as tricycles, cargo bicycles and bicycles with trailers.
  • Where it is not possible to provide suitable visitor parking within the curtilage of a development or in a suitable location in the vicinity agreed by the planning authority, the planning authority may at their discretion instead accept, in the first instance, additional long-stay provision or, as a last resort, contributions to provide cycle parking in an appropriate location in the vicinity of the site. 
  • Where it is not possible to provide adequate cycle parking within residential dwellings, boroughs are encouraged to engage with developers that propose innovative alternatives that meet the objectives of these standards.  This may include options such as providing the required spaces in secure, conveniently located, on-street parking such as bicycle hangars. TfL will work with boroughs and developers to provide guidance for such a mechanism.
  • Staff should always be taken as the full time equivalent, unless otherwise stated.
  • The standards are based on gross external floorspace, unless otherwise stated. 
  • All cycle parking should be consistent with the London Cycling Design Standards, or subsequent revisions.
  • It is recommended that supporting facilities are provided at land uses where long stay cyclists require them, i.e. places of employment.  Supporting facilities include lockers, showers and changing rooms.
  • Where cyclists share surfaces with pedestrians, the safety and accessibility of the environment for disabled and older Londoners should be assured.