October 24, 2016

Bike parking space dimensions

George Turvec

By George Hosegood

UK bicycles vary significantly in size and style. Working from recommended dimensions will provide a safe and usable space to park bikes of all shapes and sizes.

The bike parking space dimensions you’ll find here we’ve put together based on our experience and common standards.


Bike parking dimensions in m

Length – 1.8m

Handlebar allowance – 0.75m


Bike parking dimensions in cm

Length – 180cm

Handlebar allowance – 75cm


Bike parking dimensions in mm

Length – 1800mm

Handlebar allowance – 750mm


Using Sheffield stands (or similar)?

If you’re going to use Sheffield stands in your cycle store, that’s when you’ll have to consider the dimensions required between each parking space. One bicycle can be parked either side of a single Sheffield stand.

We recommend 1000mm between each stand for maximum usability. However, the London Cycling Design Standards from TFL increase this to 1200mm, and this may be appropriate in some circumstances. In some private cycle stores, it may be acceptable to reduce this distance, and a toast rack will usually feature a distancing less than 1000mm.


Are you planning to use space-saving racks?

When planning a bicycle store using space-saving racks such as the Cobra or 2ParkUp, the stand provides clearly defined parking spaces. Where there are pre-defined measurements, as with these products, you shouldn’t have to worry about measurement requirements.

Always check the manufacturer’s included measurements, and if you’re in any doubt, contact them.

Every circumstance is different, contact us for more information or to aid in planning a cycle store.

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