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Planning Board Will Review Draft of New Bicycle Parking Guidelines at its Meeting on October 6

September 30, 2016

Best practices for securing and storing bicycles build on new County Zoning Code requirements

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will review newly proposed Bicycle Parking Guidelines at its meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

These guidelines are intended as a resource to help developers, planners, architects and property owners provide high-quality bicycle parking in Montgomery County. The guidelines summarize the bicycle parking requirements in Chapter 59 of the County Code and identify best practices for short- and long-term parking, bike rack design and installation, storage, security and wayfinding.

For more details, consult the Draft Bicycle Parking Guidelines.

In the past, bicycle parking requirements were calculated as a percentage of automobile parking with a maximum of 1 bicycle parking space per 20 vehicle spaces. The new Zoning Code that went into effect on October 30, 2014 calculates bicycle parking requirements based on land use square footage. The full text of the Zoning Code is available online at

Staff plans to update the Bicycle Parking Guidelines approximately every two years to reflect the newest practices.

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