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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Share the road, share the parking lots - Dispatch

We didn't have space in today's paper to write much about the the bike-parking part of new rules designed to "right-size" the expanses of asphaltsurrounding Columbus shopping centers.

But here's a rundown of the new requirements:
- Every type of building -- bowling alleys, churches, shopping centers, restaurants, office buildings, etc. -- must provide a minimum of two bike-parking spaces.
- Bigger places must provide an extra bike parking spot for every 20 car-parking spaces, up to a maximum of 20 bike spaces.
- Bike racks must be anchored to the ground and support a bicycle upright in two places.
- The rules apply for new developments or when a building's use changes (if a restaurant becomes a retail store, for example).

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