Minneapolis to improve bike parking for City employees—serving as a model for other employers

The City of Minneapolis is making bike parking more secure for City employees who commute by bicycle and hopes its action can serve as a model for other downtown employers. Bicycling improves health and decreases energy use, congestion and air pollution.

In 2013, the City will begin improving bike parking facilities for employees. Under a newly approved set of guidelines, the City has its first plans for “long-term” bicycle spaces at City worksites. These long-term spaces are bike storage options City employee commuters can use to protect their bikes from the weather and which provide a higher level of security than a typical bike rack. City buildings have long had “short-term” bicycle parking, including bike racks for customers and others visiting City buildings for short periods.

The new action on employee bike parking establishes bicycle parking and access guidelines for City government worksites, establishes a responsible party to install and maintain bike storage for City employees who commute by bicycle, provides for bike storage operating costs to be included in building/site costs, and authorizes bicycle access and internal storage policies for City-owned and operated buildings.

This action encourages active lifestyles to serve the City of Minneapolis goals of livable communities and healthy lives, and it serves the eco-focused goals of successfully integrating clean, renewable energy sources and using less energy, producing less waste.

The City of Minneapolis has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists and the Active Commuting Program as a Gold-level bicycle-friendly employer.

Published Aug 29, 2012