End of Trip Facilities – have we got enough?

It is the middle of winter, generally commuting numbers go down, but this winter I’m constantly experiencing a lack of bike racks at my place of employment.  I sent an e-mail to our Building Management as we had significantly exceeded the available racks, and commuters where now parking in locations which may result in a car hitting the bike.

The good news for me is that Building Management indicated that they are planning to install additional bike racks taking it from around 30 racks to 60 racks, but we’re stuck with the 4 showers (2 for men and 2 for women), though a promise they are due for a refit.  This is a 20+ old 12 story building in the middle of the Perth CBD, so at least we have some facilities.

Now we know that cycling numbers are on the increase, see the below chart which is from Department of Transport:

but is the end-of-trip facilities keeping up with the numbers.  Looking at City of Perth’s Parking and Access Policy, they do have specifications and numbers for new buildings and requirements for end-of-trip facilities (eg 1 bay per 500sqm floor area) but I couldn’t locate anything indicated for refits or retrofitting facilities in existing buildings.  Personally I think this is a little light when I look at the building I work in where I have done some very crude calculations and the area is around 13,920sqm (based on rough estimates from Google Maps), which gives around 28 bike bays required.  However, we have already exceed this number on a daily basis.

In addition, I looked at non-Perth CBD areas, in particular, Joondalup where I have previously worked and knew that the three story building I used to work in at that time didn’t have any bike storage.  I couldn’t find any equivalent policy similar to the City of Perth which stipulated how many cycling bays are required, but I did notice that the recent minutes from 28 June 2011 (search for item CJ097-06/11 Proposed Five Storey Commercial Development at Lot 523 (5) Davidson Tce, Joondalup on Page 19).  This has a total area of 3,527sqm, so if we applied the City of Perth’s figures, this building should be providing 7 cycling bays, but nothing is mentioned in the proposal on what is required to be provided.

So given that cycling numbers are on the increase, some buildings don’t have enough capacity to support the current cyclists, and at least two local governments either don’t have or may not have strong enough policies to provide current end-of-trip facilities for new buildings to support today’s growth, should local government be enforcing stronger polices to support end-of-trip facilities?

What are your thoughts?  Does your local council have policies that support end-of-trip facilities?

Does your place of employment have adequate end-of-trip facilities?

About Roland

I returned to cycling around 5 years ago, when I decided to start commuting by bike to work. I'm now cycling around 13,500km's annually, and love it.