Cambridge City Council Cycle Parking Standards from 27th May 2003 – 12th July 2004

These standards have now been superceded by new ones but are retained here online for the purposes of comparison.

New standards have now come into force as of 27 May 2003.

  • Previous cycle Parking Standards reproduced below
  • The standards also exist as part of the draft Local Plan
  • The 1996 cycle parking standards which may be of interest for comparison purposes.

The Cycle Parking Subgroup are in the process of producing comments on the standards.

Part B: Cycle Parking Standards

[Part A, which preceeds Part B, is the car parking standards and is not reproduced here.]

1. Introduction

  1. To further increase the level of cycling in Cambridge, cyclists will not only need additional cycle routes across the City, complementing the existing cycle network, but will also need high quality cycle parking facilities at both ends of their journey.
  2. The standards in the above tables set out Cambridge City minimum requirements in terms of cycle parking for new developments and changes in use.
  3. In addition to the application of these standards, new developments will have to comply with the following principles:
    • For commercial premises, cycle spaces must be 1.0m wide in order to accommodate cycles with a front basket, child seats and panniers, wherever possible
    • Cycle parking should be located on-site and near the main entrance to buildings, and minimise conflicts between cycles and cars
    • The cycle parking should provide good support for the cycle and provide a convenient place to lock the frame of the cycle to the parking stand

2. Residential use

Type of development
Residential dwellings (C3)
  • 1 space per bedroom up to 3 bedroom dwellings
  • 3 spaces for 4 bedroom dwellings, 4 spaces for 5 bedroom dwellings etc.
  • visitor cycle parking, in particular for large housing developments
Guest houses and hotels (C1) 1 space per 2 members of staff & 1 space per 5 bedrooms
Nursing homes (C2) 1 space per 10 residents & 1 space per 2 members of staff
Retirement homes, Sheltered housing (C2) 1 space per 6 residents & 1 space per 2 members of staff
Student residential accommodation (C2) 1 per bedspace
Residential schools, colleges or training centres (C2) 1 per bedspace
Hospitals On merit

3. Retail, culture and sports uses

Type of development
Cold food retail (A1) 1 per 25 m2 GFA [Gross Floor Area]
Non-food retail (A1) 1 per 25 m2 GFA
Financial and professional services (A2) 1 per 25 m2 GFA
Food and drink (A3) 1 space per 10 m2 of dining area
Museums, Auditoria (D1) 1 per 2 members of staff
Visitors: on merit
Exhibition venues (D1) 1 per 2 members of staff
Visitors: on merit
Sports and recreational facilities & swimming baths (D2) 1 space per 25 m2 net floor area & 1 per 15 seats provided per spectators
Places of assembly including cinemas, theatres, stadia and concert halls (D2) 1 per 3 seats
Place of worship, Public halls, community centres (D1) 1 per 30 m of public floor area

4. Business and Industrial Use

Type of development
Offices (B1) 1 per 30 m2 GFA
General industry (B2)
Storage (B8)
1 per 40 m2 GFA

5. Non-residential institutions (D1)

Type of development
Clinics and surgeries 2 cycle spaces per consulting room & 1 space per 2 professional member of staff
Non-residential schools Cycle spaces to be provided for 50% of children between 5 and 12 and 75% of children over 12 years
Non-residential higher and further education Cycle parking for all students using the site & 1 per 2 members of staff
Auditoria On merit
Crèches 1 per 2 members of staff