NEW - Berkeley "Bike Corral" Pilot Program
The City of Berkeley Department of Public Works is now accepting applications for new high-capacity bicycle parking areas called "Bike Corrals". Merchants and property owners may apply for a FREE Bike Corral to be placed in the street (not on the sidewalk) in front of their business or property. Please note that at this time the City is only accepting applications from merchants or property owners. If you are not a merchant or property owner but know of a location where a bike corral may be needed, please let the business know about this free program.
In February 2015 the City will construct six new Bike Corrals at locations where there is high demand for bicycle parking - locations where excessive numbers of sidewalk racks would otherwise impede pedestrians or block auto parking spaces in front of a business or property. Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco are some of the Bay Area cities which use bike corrals as a solution for high bike parking demand.
Where possible at the request of the merchant or property owner, corrals are placed in red zones or defunct yellow or green zones rather than in an active parking space. However Corrals may replace an active automobile parking space if a majority of the merchants or property owners on the block face sign on to the application. Corrals typically occupy about the same amount of space as one on-street automobile parking space, but offer 10 bicycle parking spaces in the same area.
The City will select new bicycle parking locations based on a variety of criteria, including demand for bicycle parking; support from adjacent merchants and property owners; benefit to pedestrian access; ease of installation. To be considered, a merchant or property owner must agree to basic maintenance (weekly sweeping and litter removal) within thte Corral area.
To apply for a FREE Bike Corral in front of your business or property, submit a Bike Corral Application . For more information about Bicycle Corrals or the application process, please contact Eric Anderson at email@example.com or 510-981-7062.
Bicycle Rack Program
The City of Berkeley is committed to providing secure, conveniently-located bicycle parking. The goal of the City's Bicycle Parking Program is to reduce bicycle theft and improve convenience for bicycle users. The City has more than 1000 bicycle racks on sidewalks, at public schools, in City parks, and in on-street bicycle corrals throughout the city. Since 2009, almost 500 new racks have been installed at over 300 locations citywide. Close to 200 additional racks are scheduled to be installed at 115 locations in late 2014 and early 2015, including 6 more on-street bicycle corrals.
Bicycle parking is widely available in Berkeley's commercial areas. In addition to many sidewalk racks, you can use the following:
- Sheltered bike racks at both entrances in the Center Street Garage (1/2 block west of Shattuck Avenue).
- Bicycle lockers and racks at all three Berkeley BART stations (shown on the map). For information on obtaining lockers, call BART at (510) 464-7133.
- Free attended bicycle parking is available at the Berkeley Bike Station at 2208 Shattuck Avenue, one block south of the Downtown Berkeley BART station. The Bike Station offers free valet bicycle parking Monday through Friday, 7 A.M. - 9 P.M., as well as a 24-hour, Smart-card self park area; cards can be purchased at the Bike Station or online at www.bikelink.org. For more information about the Bike Station, please read the fact sheet (PDF).
- Secure bicycle parking is also available at the Ashby BART Bike Station. The Ashby BART Bike Station offers a 24-hour, Smart-card self park area; cards may be purchased at the Downtown Berkeley Bike Station or online at www.bikelink.org . (No free valet parking provided)
To Request a Bicycle Rack
Berkeley residents, local employees, businesses, and property owners can submit requests for bicycle racks. Requests are evaluated by City staff, and if a physically feasible location is identified, the location is added to a bicycle rack request list for installation as resources allow. To submit a request, call 3-1-1 or 981-CITY and provide the location, the number of bikes that need to be parked, and the name, daytime phone, and email address of a contact.
In addition to requests, the City prioritizes locations within the Future Parking Target Areas as identified in the 2005 City of Berkeley Bicycle Plan. City staff also considers Safe Routes to Schools and Safe Routes to Transit goals, and works with AC Transit, BART, Berkeley Unified School District, merchant groups, and other agencies to provide sufficient bicycle parking near transit stops, schools, commercial areas, and other activity centers.
Update on Current Bicycle Requests
In 2013 the City of Berkeley received an allocation of $150,000 from the Transportation Fund for Clean Air from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. This funding is for the installation of bike racks and six new in-street "bike corral" high capacity bike parking areas (locations TBD) during 2014 and 2015. The City currently has a bike corral located on Kittredge Street in front of the Downtown Branch of the Berkeley Public Library. Following this next round of installations, the City is planning a second allocation of $180,000 from TFCA for more bike racks and 12 additional bike corrals in a subsequent constructin project.
The City currently has approximately 115 bicycle rack locations in the queue to be installed. If you requested a bicycle rack, your request will be installed based on when it was received. Please see the schedule below:
Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Schedule:
June 2014- July 2014: Prepare bid documents and advertise bike rack installation project for construction
July 1, 2014 - Cutoff date for new bike rack requests. All racks requested on or before this date will be installed as part of the 2014-2015 Program
August 2014 - September 2014: Open bids, execute contract documents, issue Notice to Proceed, hold preconstruction meeting
October 2014 - November 2014: Quality control/quality assurance; bike rack samples inspection; place bike rack order
November 2014 - December 2014: Bike rack fabrication and shipping
December 2014 - March 2015: Install bike racks (in priority order to be determined by Transportation Division of Public Works)
January 2015 - March 2015: Install bike corrals
Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Annual Bike Rack Installation Project Schedule:
July 2015-August 2015: Prepare bid documents and advertise bike rack installation project for construction
August 1, 2015 - Cutoff date for new bike rack requests. All racks requested on or before this date will be installed as part of the FY 2015/2016 Program
September 2015 - October 2015: Open bids, execute contract documents, issue Notice to Proceed, hold preconstruction meeting
November 2015 - March 2016: Install bike racks and bike corrals (in priority order to be determined by Transportation Division of Public Works)
For additional questions about the next round of bicycle rack installations, please contact Eric Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-981-7062.
The City's Bicycle Parking Program is supported by Alameda County Measure B sales taxes and grants from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Transportation Fund for Clean Air.