Cambridge City Car and Cycle Parking Standards (from 13th July 2004)

These standards have now been superceded by new ones but are retained here online for the purposes of comparison.

Here are the cycle parking standards for Cambridge City Council. These were agreed at the Environment Scrutiny Committee July 13th. See also:

The Car and Cycle Parking Standards form Supplementary Planning Guidance to the Cambridge Local Plan 1996, and will be applied to planning applications received on or after 14 July 2004.

Part B: Cycle Parking Standards

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

The standards in the tables below set out Cambridge City minimum requirements in terms of cycle parking for new developments and changes in use. In addition to the application of these standards, new developments will have to comply with the following principles:

  • Cycle racks or stands should conform to the design and dimensions as set out at the end of this document.
  • For residential purposes, cycle parking should be within a covered, lockable enclosure. For individual houses this could be in the form of a shed or garage. For flats or student accommodation either individual lockers or cycle stands within a lockable, covered enclosure are required.
  • Cycle parking for employees should be, wherever practical, covered and in a convenient, secure location.
  • Short stay cycle parking, e.g. for visitors or shoppers, should be located as near as possible to the main entrance of buildings and covered by natural surveillance or CCTV. For large developments the cycle parking facility should be covered.
  • Reference to staff should be taken to mean the peak number of staff expected to be on site at any one time.
  • All cycle parking should minimise conflicts between cycles and motor vehicles.
  • Some flexibility will be applied to applications where it can be demonstrated that strict adherence to the standards, e.g. for a multi-purpose site, is likely to result in a duplication of provision and for the Historic Core Area of the city where land constraints may make application of the standards difficult for change of use or refurbishment.

Table 1: Residential use

Type of Development Number of Spaces
Residential dwellings
  • 1 space per bedroom up to 3 bedroom dwellings
  • then 3 spaces for 4 bedroom dwellings, 4 spaces for 5 bedroom dwellings etc
  • some level of visitor cycle parking, in particular for large housing developments
Guest houses and hotels 1 space for every 2 members of staff and 2 spaces for every 10 bedrooms
Nursing homes 1 visitor space for every 10 residents and 1 space for every 2 members of staff
Retirement homes/ sheltered houses 1 space for every 6 residents and 1 space for every 2 members of staff
Student residential accommodation, residential schools, college or training centre
  • 1 space per 2 bed spaces within Historic Core Area
  • 2 spaces per 3 bed spaces for the rest of the city.
  • 1 visitor space per 5 bed spaces
Hospitals On merit

Table 2: Retail, culture, leisure and sports uses

Type of Development Number of Spaces
Food retail 1 space per 25 m2 GFA[1] up to 1500m2 thereafter 1 per 75m2
Non-food retail 1 space per 25 m2 GFA up to 1500m2 thereafter 1 per 75m2
Financial and professional services 1 space per 30m2 GFA to include some visitor parking
Food and drinks 1 space for every 10 m2 of dining area
Museums, Exhibition venues
  • 1 space for every 2 members of staff
  • Visitors: on merit
Sports and recreational facilities and swimming baths 1 space for every 25 m2 net floor area or 1 space for every 10m2 of pool area and 1 for every 15 seats provided for spectators
Places of assembly including cinema, theatre, stadia, auditoria and concert halls 1 space for every 3 seats
Place of worship, public halls and community centres 1 space per 15 m2 of public floor area

Table 3: Business uses

Type of Development Number of Spaces
Offices 1 space for every 30 m2 GFA, to include some visitor parking
General industry 1 space for every 40 m2 GFA, to include some visitor parking
Storage and other B use classes On merit

Table 4: Non-residential institutions

Type of Development Number of Spaces
Clinics and surgeries 2 spaces per consulting room and 1 space for every 3 professional members 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 and 1 for every 2 members of staff
Crèches and Nurseries
  • 1 visitor space per 5 children
  • 1 space for every 2 members of staff

Cycle parking design

A Sheffield Stand is acceptable but a rounded A design is recommended as it provides additional support, particularly for smaller bicycles.

Sheffield Stand: Rounded A Stand:
Sheffield stand 'Rounded A' stand


This diagram shows the spacing required for cycle stands. There should be a 1200mm gap between a double row of stands. All measurements shown are in millimetres.

Layout diagram

High capacity

For increased capacity racks can be arranged at alternative heights with the type of rack that holds the front wheel in place. These racks are only acceptable if a support post is provided between each rack to which the frame for the bicycle can easily be locked.

High capacity stands diagram

[1] Gross Floor Area