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Friday, July 22,2011

Let’s talk bike parking

A public hearing on proposed bicycle parking regulations scheduled for Monday

by Andy Balaskovitz

Friday, July 22 — The Lansing City Council is scheduled to
hold a public hearing Monday on proposed citywide bicycle parking regulations.



The ordinance, brought forward by 4th Ward
Councilwoman Jessica Yorko, would require property owners to install some form
of bike parking but only if major renovations are planned. As it’s drafted,
renovations that require site-plan approval by the city’s Planning Department
would need to include bike parking.



The quantity and type of bike parking spaces would depend on
the type of property and, if it’s a business, how many employees work there.
Businesses in the downtown district would not be required to install bike
parking unless it has off-street parking, in which case the number of bike spaces must equal 5 percent of the number of car-parking spaces.
Multi-family residential properties would be required to install two bike
parking spaces for every 10 “dwelling units;” churches would need to install
two for every 50 seats in the “main unit of worship;” and fitness centers,
libraries, museums, banks and shopping centers would have to install two for
every 500 square feet of usable floor area.



Businesses that employ more than 40 people would be required
to install long-term bike parking, which includes bicycle lockers, bicycle
racks in locked cages or bicycle rooms.



Property owners can seek to waive the requirements if they
can prove a “demonstrable financial burden that would substantially impair the
property owner’s financial ability to construct or structurally alter the
structure” or a “measurable and demonstrable lack of demand” for the spaces.



In other business, the Council is scheduled to vote on a
resolution allowing the city to acquire six parcels along the east side of
Waverly Road just south of the Grand River and build a sidewalk. The 2011
“Congestion Management Air Quality" Waverly Road Pathway Project would install a
roughly half-mile “non-motorized path” — or a sidewalk — between Cooley Drive
and Starlight Lane. The roughly half-mile stretch is between Moores River Drive
and Holmes Road.



Not to be confused with the so-called “Sidewalk to Nowhere”
(read more here),
this project is, however, “part of a series of four connected projects in an
intergovernmental effort to make non-motorized travel more accessible to the
southwest section of Lansing.”

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