Cambridge Cycle Parking Guide

Cambridge Cycle Parking Design Guide – Appendix (including list of suppliers)

October 2008 (updated: March 2021)


General It must be possible to lock the frame and both wheels to the stand using D locks, a cable lock or a combination of the two.
Tool resistance All parts of the stand used for locking the bike must withstand cutting by a 300mm, 24tpi hacksaw, at a rate of 1 cycle per second, for a minimum of 120 seconds.
Material Galvanised mild steel plus nylon coating. Or stainless steel with brushed finish.
Tube size 50-75mm diameter tubing
Thickness of tube wall 2.5mm minimum
Base plate 150x150x6mm base plate welded to posts if bolted to surface
Bolts Min two tamper proof high security bolts M10 minimum
Minimum service life 20 years (10 year minimum between repainting where appropriate).


Note: The inclusion of a supplier in this information does not mean that all of their products are suitable for general public use. Refer to the preceding guidance for advice on stand selection, dimensions and arrangement. Cambridge Cycling Campaign does not endorse any particular manufacturer.

Local Suppliers in Cambridge

Company Address Contacts Notes
Mackays of Cambridge 85 East Road
Cambridge CB1 1BY
T 01223 508222
Can manufacture bicycle racks to your specification Can supply ready-made Sheffield stands but don’t have them permanently n stock, and so pass on the delivery charge. Wide selection of proprietary shelters.
Ridgeons Ltd Cromwell Road
Cambridge CB13YB
T 01223 466000
Carries a stock of galvanised and black plastic coated Sheffield stands made by Velopa, in the Ironmongery Department.

National Suppliers

Arunhithe Ltd Barnfield Close
Barnfield Industrial Estate
Staffordshire ST13 5EG
T 01538 380080
Very comprehensive range of stands and shelters from Holland. Very attractive shelters. Be wary of “wheel grip” stands.
Autopa Autopa Ltd.,
Cottage Leap
Warwickshire CV21 3XP
T 01788 550556
Full range of stands and shelters
BikeAway Ltd Bell Close, Newnham Ind Est
Plymouth PL7 4JH
T 01752 202116
Vertical lockers and hanging systems. Not recommended for general public use but useful space saver for owner/user.
Broxap Ltd Rowhurst Ind Estate
Staffordshire ST5 6BD
T 01782 564411
Comprehensive range of stands, lockers, shelters and secure compounds.
Cycle-Works Ltd 8-9 Rodney Road
Portsmouth PO4 8BF
T 02392 815555
Comprehensive range of stands, lockers, shelters and secure compounds.
Dixon Bate Ltd Unit 45, 1st Avenue
Deeside Industrial Park
Deeside CH5 1LG
T 01244 288925
Sheffield stands. Includes the “Velotron” electronic swipe card control system for lockers, compounds and “Grippa” stands. Be wary of the latter as it does not fit many bikes.
External Solutions Limited Unit 16
Queensway Business Centre
Dunlop Way
Scunthorpe DN16 3RN
T 01724 847770
Comprehensive range of stands, lockers, shelters and secure compounds.
Theme Bins International Ltd The Dancer
8 Peterson Road
Wakefield WF1 4EB
T 01924 217717
Bykebins recycled plastic lockers
Front Yard Company 115 Bartholomew Road
Kentish Town
London NW5 2BJ
T 020 7485 7618
Innovative small scale domestic cycle parking solutions

Local Authority Cycle Parking Standards

Description of Use Cambridge City Council South Cambridgeshire District Council
Occupants Visitors Occupants Visitors

Residential – Dwellings

One bedroom 1 per bedroom + Level of visitor parking to be agreed with planning authority. 1 per bedroom + Level of visitor parking to be agreed with planning authority.
1-3 bedrooms 1 per bedroom + 1 per bedroom +
4 or more bedrooms N bedroom – 1 + 1 per bedroom +

Residential – Other

Hotels and Guest Houses 1 per 2 staff (where staff work differing shifts use the number working at the same time) + 1 per 5 bedrooms 1 per 2 staff
Nursing Homes 1 per 2 staff + 1 per 6 residents 1 per 2 staff
Hospitals Level of visitor parking to be agreed with planning authority. Level of cycle parking to be agreed with planning authority.

Student residences at schools, colleges and training centres

Historic Core 1 per 2 bedspaces + 1 per 5 bedspaces 1 per bedspace
Elsewhere in City 2 per 3 bedspaces + 1 per 5 bedspaces

Retail, Culture, Leisure and Sports Use

Retail – food and non-food 1 per 25m2 for the first 1500 m2 gross floor area and then1 per 75m2 for any remaining floor area 1 per 25m2 gross floor area
Professional and financial services 1 per 30 m2 + Visitor parking to be agreed with planners 1 per 25m2 gross floor area
Food and drink
(cafes / bars)
1 per 10m2 dining area 1 per 10m2 dining area
Public houses 1 per 20m2 bar area
Museums, exhibitions 1 per 2 staff + Visitor parking to be agreed with planners
Swimming pools 1 per 10 m2 of pool area + 1 per 15 spectator seats 1 per 25 m2 net floor area + 1 per 15 spectator seats
Sports and recreational facilities 1 per 25 m2 net floor area + 1 per 15 spectator seats 1 per 25 m2 net floor area + 1 per 15 spectator seats
Places of assembly eg cinemas, theatres, stadia 1 per 3 seats 1 per 3 seats
Places of worship 1 per 15 m2 public floor area 1 per 15 m2 floor area

Office and Workplaces other than above

Offices 1 per 30 m2 gross floor area Includes some visitor parking 1 per 30 m2 gross floor area
General Industry 1 per 40 m2 gross floor area Includes some visitor parking 1 per 40 m2 gross floor area
Storage and other class B uses To be agreed with the planning authority 1 per 40 m2 gross floor area

Non-residential institutions

Clinics and surgeries 1 per 3 professional staff + 2 per consulting room 2 per consulting room
(non-residential)Age 5-12
1 per 2 students
(non-residential)Age 12+
3 per 4 students 30% of students
1 per student + 1 per 2 staff 60% of students
Creches and nurseries 1 per 5 children + 1 per 2 staff 1 per Student (present at any time)

Geometric requirements for access paths

From LTN 1/20

Parameter Recommended Minimum
not to be used unless it is to the users’ clear advantage.
Maximum ramp gradient 3% 5% for no more than 3m climb
Width – cycle track only 3m (4m for ramps) 2m – but ramps should be wider
Width – segregated shared use track 5m (3.0m cyclist, 2.0m pedestrian, 4m + 2m for ramps) 3m (1.5m cyclist, 1.5m pedestrian)
Tight bend radius 4m absolute minimum 4m
Visibility on bends and junctions 30m 20m
Design speed 30kph min 20kph min

How is it managed?

Most cycle parking requires little management other than to ensure that they are kept clean, well maintained and free of abandoned bikes.

Access controls are often desirable at workplaces and residences. These can take the form of:

  • Key access. The simplest system where people use their door keys or a dedicated key to enter the cycle parking.
  • Coin release keys. For public lockers etc. Liability in the event of lost keys must be considered.
  • Swipe card electronic systems. See
  • Using the general building / car park security system. Gates and barriers designed for motor vehicles may pose hazards for people entering on bikes so they may need to be adapted or a separate entry provided. A separate entry will also make cycling much more pleasant than mixing with motor vehicles.
  • Always bear in mind that disabled cyclists may have difficulty opening doors by hand while manoeuvring their cycle and they may not be able to dismount their cycle either.

What else could I do ?

There are many other simple measures that you can take to make it easier and more attractive for people to cycle. Most important is to ensure that people who cycle to your development or business feel welcome and valued.

  • Employers can take advantage of the government’s “Bike to work scheme”. This allows employees to buy bikes and accessories under a tax free loan scheme, usually operated by a specialist third party. See:
  • Provide somewhere for coats, helmets and lights.
  • People rarely need to change or shower after short commuter trips, but for people who travel further it is always nice to have a place to change and to wash or shower.
  • A drying room or similar places for wet waterproof gear to drip helps prevent other surfaces from being used for that purpose on rainy days.

Useful references and further information

Cycle Parking Guidance Documents:

Planning Guidance: