Jersey City council backs mandate for including bike parking in most new residential buildings, large stores, hospitals, churches
Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 7:16 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 7:18 AM
The Jersey Journal
The Jersey City City Council last night introduced a measure that would require most new structures in the city to include spaces to park bicycles.
The ordinance sailed through with little objection and no debate. Eight members voted in favor, with Council President Peter Brennan the lone "no" vote.
The requirement would apply to all residential units other than one- and two-family homes, plus retail establishments over 5,000 square feet, and schools.
Houses of worship would not be exempt, with the proposal requiring them to have one space per 20 seats.
Brennan said he's not opposed to encouraging bicycle use, but he thinks developers have enough problems designing residential structures with enough parking for cars, let alone bikes.
"I think it's an added burden on developers," he said.
At Monday's council caucus, City Planner Kristen Russell said developers would have to "find a way" to include car and bicycle parking when designing their new buildings.
Bikes could go in the rear of a structure, in room off a lobby or on racks in a garage, Russell said.
"It's really a design decision on the part of the developer," she said.
The proposed bike-parking regulations would also affect new hospitals (one exterior space for every 20,000 square feet; one interior space for every 50,000 square feet); parking garages and lots (equivalent to 5 percent of auto parking); and parks (one space per 5,000 square feet).
Last night's vote needs to be affirmed once again by the council before it is adopted.