Friday, December 21, 2007

Bike parking for Miami-Dade

Wheels are turning to update and expand Miami-Dade County's bicycle parking ordinance.

A draft discussed this week at the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee calls for buildings owned or operated by the county to have not only bike parking but showers and lockers for bike commuters. The amount of parking would depend on a building's size -- for instance, six spaces, one shower and four lockers for a building of 10,000 to 20,000 square feet. Any new county parking garage would have to have at least six bike-parking spaces, and more if the garage held more than 120 cars.

The draft also calls for removing the airport and sea terminal exemption from the current bike-parking ordinance.

I have not learned whether the ordinance has a sponsor. But I'm pretty sure that it results from a conversation in the office of County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez. The idea is for county buildings to test the concept before similar rules are considered for private property.

The impact of this local legislation, either existing or proposed, is unfortunately limited to the unincorporated part of the county. Every city, town and village can adopt its own building code, and I think that only one in Miami-Dade has anything like the county's bike-parking rule.

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