Parking Standards and Guides

Australian Bicycle Parking Standards and Guides

As avid cyclists ourselves, Cora Bike Rack understands the type of bike parking facilities that work best for different applications.  Development Approval conditions and Green Star ratings now require compliant bicycle parking facilities to be a part of most new developments.  It is more important than ever to know what your project may be required to provide. As a contributor to the drafting of AS2890.3 (2015), Cora Bike Rack can provide professional advice to guide you through the new standards to ensure your project is a success.

The requirement to provide bicycle parking facilities will usually be determined by the local government responsible for providing development approval. It is important to check with the appropriate local government office to determine their current rules and avoid providing bicycle parking facilities that do not comply with special rules.

Australian Standards

Most local government and Green Star rules will defer to AS2890.3 (2015) to determine the requirements for compliant bicycle parking facilities. Standards Australia published AS2890.3 (2015) in September 2015 to supersede AS2890.3 (1993). This standard provides a set of minimum requirements for the layout, design and security of bicycle parking facilities for architects, planners, builders, property managers and service providers. AS2890.3 (2015) represents a significant change to the 1993 version by introducing new concepts, spacing requirements and definitions. In addition, AS2890.3 (2015) includes clear requirements and criteria for selecting compliant bicycle parking products.

Cora Bike Rack is proud to have been an significant participant and contributor to the development of AS2890.3 (2015). Standard Australia’s Certificate of Appreciation awarded to Cora Bike Rack can be viewed here. The AS2890.3 (2015) is available for purchase at the Standard Australia online shop here.

*TIP – download Cora Bike Rack’s free AS2890.3 Whitepaper and become your own Bike Parking Expert!

EcoSpecifier

Cora Bike Rack products have been assessed and verified by EcoSpecifier as compliant with Global Green Building Rating Schemes and Australian Standards.  See Cora’s certificate here.

The use of EcoProducts in building and manufacturing that have positive environmental qualities is one contribution to eliminating or reducing environmental impacts as well as minimising the human health effects of toxic and hazardous substances. The primary objective of significantly increasing the use of EcoProducts is to move towards a more sustainable way of fabricating, building and manufacturing the physical world.

Importantly there is growing evidence, case studies and commercial projects that clearly demonstrate the commercial value of specifying EcoProducts. In other words, the use of EcoProducts provides not only socioenvironmental benefits but also direct and indirect business benefits.

The use of EcoProducts in the construction and manufacturing industries has numerous benefits and can lead to a range of diverse and productive outcomes. Specifying EcoProducts such as Cora Bike Racks and Lockers can help:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Human Health
  • Commercial Advantages and Competitiveness
  • Corporate Foresight and Professional Responsibiity
  • Emerging Policies, Regulations and Standards
  • Customer and Client Demand

Read more here.

Green Star

Green Star is a sustainability rating tool for commercial buildings created by the Green Building Council of Australia.

The Green Building Council assesses projects from office developments to schools based on Innovation, Management, Indoor Environment Quality, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Land Use and Ecology as well as emissions produced. Bicycle parking falls under the Transport category.

Green Star rating tools use six stars to measure performance. Buildings are rated from 4 stars and above (projects assessed as under a 4-star rating are not eligible for rating). A 4-star rating is 'Best Practice', a 5 star rating is 'Australian Excellence' and a 6 star rating is 'World Leadership'.

The GBC rating tool currently offers points 'to encourage and recognise developments that facilitate the use of bicycles by occupants and visitors'.

The Transport category is described in more detail in the technical manual for those seeking to earn maximum points.  For example, the technical manual says that 'Railings, lamp posts and other non-purposeful bike parking facilities do not comply' with the rating for visitor parking.

For more information and the most current GBC rating tools, contact Green Building Council.

Austroads

Austroads provides information to assists in the design and installation of bicycle parking and end-of-trip facilities that are fit for purpose.  Austroads Report AP-R527-16 provides recommendations, principles and examples of best-practice facility design. It also highlights common mistakes and suggests ways to improve flawed designs.  The report expands on and complements information that is provided in the Australian Bicycle Parking Standard AS2980.3 and is available here.

*TIP – download Cora Bike Rack’s free AS2890.3 Whitepaper and become your own Bike Parking Expert!

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