Total Number of Bike Corrals in Portland? 80
- For a map of Portland's existing bike corral locations, click here.
- Click here to see which Portland businesses currently benefit from a bike parking corral.
- Information on Portland's summer bike parking counts and volunteer opportunities.
Are you are a business or property owner and believe that you location has sufficient bike parking demand to warrant an on-street bicycle corral? Bike corrals provide bike parking for 12 to 24 bicycles.
- Do you regularly see more than 10 customer bicycles locked outside?
If no, perhaps additional bicycle racks installed on the sidewalk is a better solution. You can call 503.823.CYCL torequest a bicycle rack to be installed by the City.
What is a Bicycle Corral?
On-street Bicycle Parking Corrals make efficient use of the parking strip for bicycle parking in areas with high demand. Corrals typically have 6 to 12 bicycle racks in a row and can park 10 to 20 bicycles. This uses space otherwise occupied by one to two cars.
Most of Portland's bicycle parking is provided in bike racks on the sidewalk. However, in a growing number of commercial areas the high demand for bicycle parking is too much for the sidewalk. In other cases, local businesses simply prefer bicycles in the parking strip rather than autos in order to attract a customer base that is turning more to the bicycles for transportation. In all cases, corrals are installed at the express request or cooperation of the adjacent businesses.
Check out this collection of community uploaded photos of Portland's On-Street Bike Corrals!
For a map of Portland's existing bike corral locations, click here.
Why On-Street Bicycle Parking?
On-Street Bicycle Parking provides many benefits where bicycle-use is high and growing:
- Businesses: Corrals provide a 10 to 1 customer to parking space ratio and advertise “bike-friendliness.” They also improve the outdoor café seating environment by removing locked bicycles from the sidewalk.
- Pedestrians: Corrals clear the sidewalks and serve as de facto curb extensions.
- People on bicycles: Corrals increase the visibility of bicycling.
- Motor vehicle drivers: Corrals improve visibility at intersections by eliminating the opportunity for larger vehicles to park at street corners.
For these reasons the design’s popularity is growing.
How can I request On-Street Bike Parking in my neighborhood?
While the City’s Bureau of Transportation has been scrambling to meet the high demand for bicycle parking, we’re continuing to seek more! Because of the large number of requests we’re currently working on the City will evaluate corral requests together by commercial corridor/neighborhood.
Do you know of a location that could benefit from a bike corral? Notify the owner of your favorite business that a bicycle corral is an option to deal with high local bicycle parking demand (ie more than 10 bicycles on a regular basis). Click here to download an On-Street Bike Parking Application Form.
Ideal locations for on-street bike parking corrals are adjacent to destinations that attract at least 10 bicycles or more on a regular basis. Occupancy rates measure demand on a typical day, typical hour, May through October.
Where will they go?
The City of Portland prefers locating on-street bike parking corrals at street corners in order to add additional benefits, such as creating defacto curb extensions to shorten pedestrian’s crossing of the street and improving visibility for cars turning into traffic from side streets.
Corrals should be located on the main street as close as possible to the main entrances. The City requires that the immediately adjacent business owner and property owner approve of the corral installation and sign an agreement requiring minor, regular sweeping of the corral to discourage the accumulation of debris.
Program Contact Information
City of Portland Bureau of Transportation
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800
Portland, OR 97204