Using Bike Parking
Locking Your Bike
Always use a high-quality u-lock or chain to lock your bike. Cable locks should only be used to lock your wheels or accessories.
Secure Bike Lockers
BikeLink electronic bike lockers are available throughout Eugene including the Amtrak Station (4th & Willamette), LTD Station (10th & Olive) and Chase Bank (11th & Willamette).
- Use a BikeLink card: The BikeLink Card is sold at LTD Customer Service and online at bikelink.org.
- Insert card: The screen guides you through a very quick process to start your rental. It’s like using a parking meter.
- Park your bike: Once there’s time on the meter, the door opens. Put your bike inside, close the door, and walk away. Your bike remains secure even if the meter expires.
- End rental: Insert your card, get your bike, and get your refund! Unlike a parking meter, any time you don’t use is refunded. If your meter expires you are simply charged for the extra time at a higher rate.
Bike Parking at LTD Stations
Free bike parking is available at all LTD transit stations on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to use a quality lock as LTD is not responsible for lost or stolen bikes. For safety and security, do not attach your bike to an LTD bus stop, shelter, or any other LTD property that is not designated for bike parking. LTD will remove and confiscate any bikes that are not parked in designated areas.
Bike lockers are available for rent at Amazon, Cottage Grove, River Road and Santa Clara LTD Stations. Bike locker rentals require a rental agreement and a refundable $25 deposit for a Kryptonite U-lock. Once reserved, you will be assigned a specific locker. For locker reservations, contact Point2point at 541-687-5555 (7-1-1 TTY).
Installing Bike Parking
As the volume of people who ride bikes increases in Eugene, so too does demand for adequate bike parking. Places where people live, work, shop and recreate are required to provide safe and secure bike parking. However, the form and location of bike parking is not always intuitive. Depending on when the building was constructed, it might not be adequately equipped to handle the demand for bike parking.
Bike Parking Criteria
All bike racks should conform to the following guidance:
- Supports the bike in at least two places, preventing it from falling over
- Allows locking of the frame and one or both wheels with a u-lock
- Is securely anchored to the ground
- Resists cutting, rusting, and bending or deformation, both from natural causes and from human action
- Works for a variety of bike frame types
- Eugene's Active Transportation Committee developed a flyer to help developers and individuals install bike racks. Information about style, location, siting and more can be found here.
- The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals publishes a comprehensive guide on bicycle parking.
- You can also rate your building's current bike parking with the Bike Parking Scorecard.
Bike Rack Styles
A standard "Inverted-u" or "staple" rack fulfills all basic bike parking criteria.
Staple Racks can be welded on rails which makes each rack element more secure and decreases the amount of hardware necessary to secure the bike racks to the mounting surface.
Whimsical versions of inverted-u racks can reflect the location where they are placed while continuing to abide all basic bike parking criteria.
Bike Parking Vendors
There are several vendors who sell bike parking racks, lockers, fix-it stations and other infrastructure to secure bikes and encourage riders. Here is a list to get you started on your search:
- Radius Pipe Bending (Built locally in Junction City)
- Peak Racks (Built in California)
- Cycle Safe (Racks, Lockers, Shelters, etc.)
- Dero (Racks, Lockers, Fix-it Station, Accessories, etc.)
- DuoGuard (Racks, Lockers, Shelters, etc.)
- MadRax (Racks, Lockers, Skateboard Racks, etc.)
- Saris (Racks, Repair Station, Vending Machines, etc.)
- Sportworks (Racks, Repair Station, Vending Machines, etc.)
- Velodome (Racks, Lockers, Shelters, etc.)
Information about recommended rack styles, location and spacing, and installing racks at your building can be found here.
Regional Bike Parking Study
In 2013, the City of Eugene in partnership with Lane Transit District (point2point Solutions), the Lane Council of Governments, Lane County, and the cities of Springfield and Coburg developed a Regional Bike Parking Study to assist local agencies to:
- Secure and allocate funding to install new bike parking in ways that best meet the region’s needs
- Ensure that new private development appropriately provides for bike parking need
City of Eugene Bicycle Parking Code
The City has standards for bike parking including spacing requirements and quantity of long-term and short-term bicycle spaces by land use type. View section 9.6100 of Eugene Code for Bicycle Parking Standards.
The City is looking at updating the current bike parking standards. The revisions focus on simplifying and improving clarity of standards identified in land use code EC 9.6105. Code updates would also reflect best management practices and better accommodate the diversity of bikes and security required for improved bike parking citywide.
For more information on the bike parking code update contact Reed Dunbar at 541-682-5727.