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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

How do I get a bicycle rack installed at my business in Columbus, OH?

To request a bike rack please call the city at 614-645-3111 and request a bike rack. Your request will then be routed to Steven Tweed and he will begin to investigate and work with you on installation. The city installs at most 2 bike racks per request.

Steven will contact you to work out the details. His contact information is as follows.

Steve Tweed
Engineer Associate III
Bikeways and Community Mobility Services
City of Columbus
Department of Public Service
Division of Mobility Options
109 N. Front Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215- 9024
Work: (614) 645 - 5236
Fax: (614) 645 – 7921


1. Receive and record the request for racks. Get a contact for the request. Often the request is clear, but sometimes additional information is needed. For example, who owns the building?
2. First site investigation: generally examine the site. Where exactly is it? Where is there room to place racks? What are the site constraints at each potential location? What types of racks will fit in these locations? What kind of rack mounting might be needed? Select a particular location. Use the "Bike Rack Placement Guidelines" to layout the site. Paint two black spots (four to six inches in diameter) to mark the exact location of the bicycle racks' feet.
3. Contact the building owner. Inform them of the proposed installation. Generally discuss locations. On public property there is no need to get permission to install the rack. However, negotiations about the exact location and other issues may be necessary. Would the rack block a loading zone? Would it obscure a window display?
If the rack will be installed on private property, get a letter allowing permission to install the rack. The letter must also acknowledge that this is a public rack. Members of the public are allowed to use the rack (and not just to park for the owner's building). The City remains owner of the rack, it must be returned to the City (in good condition), if there is ever a need to remove it. The City would maintain the rack.
4. Contact the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) and provide details of the proposed location. Present the proposal to OUPS as if it were a certainty (otherwise they may refuse to mark the locations of utilities). Note that not all utilities are members of OUPS. Historically, Municipal Electric Light and Power (MELP), Sewers and Drains, Water and Traffic Signals had to be contacted separately. Contacts are: OUPS - 800-362-2764, MELP - Chip Jakeway 5-7627, Sewers & Drains - dispatcher 5-7102, Water – 5-7788, Signals - Steve Striker 5-8199. Gas and electrical lines seem the most crucial, because someone could be killed.
Note that utility marking is not an exact science. Actual utility locations may be several feet from the markings. Depths, if known, may also be off. If you find that you are only a few feet from a gas line, you may want to relocate the rack. Depth to conflict may control the type of rack mounting to be used. A flanged mounting needs bolts at least four inches deep. In ground mounts (straight pipe) requires approximately a ten to twelve inch depth.
5. Second site investigation: Chose a final location. Use the "Bike Rack Placement Guidelines" to check the site layout. Paint two green spots (four to six inches in diameter) to mark the exact location of the bicycle racks' feet (paint over the black spots?).
6. Show the final location to the building owner.
7. Prepare a work order for installation of the rack(s). This should detail the: exact location of each rack, number of racks (of each type), types of racks to use, types of mountings to use. Also warn of any utility conflicts. Historically, bicycle racks were installed by the Parking Meter Crew (Mike Herold). Instruct them to install on the GREEN spots.

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