Thursday, January 24, 2013
We Need Your Feedback - Planning Code Amendments for Bicycle Parking
BOMA San Francisco Members:
Your BOMA San Francisco Advocacy team has been working with our partners at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) and the San Francisco Planning Department on an ordinance that will affect the way all property owners - including the City and County of San Francisco - administer bicycle parking on and adjacent to their premises. This new proposal includes the Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings law that our members worked on with the SFBC in 2011 and was signed into law in 2012.
The aim of this new measure is to streamline all references to bicycle parking and to provide for new requirements in the San Francisco Planning and Environment Codes. The catalyst for these updates is the San Francisco Bicycle Plan adopted in 2009. Please note that the Planning Department is still working on amending the proposal language to reflect stakeholder issues, including BOMA San Francisco's concerns mentioned below. Please contact email@example.com with any questions when you review the available proposal dated December 13, 2012.
About the San Francisco Bike Plan
The San Francisco Bike Plan set as one of its major goals to ‘ensure plentiful, high quality bike parking’ in San Francisco. In order to achieve this goal, this Plan asks that the existing Planning Code be amended to better address bicycle parking. The plan identifies changes that would expand and increase these requirements and also organize and consolidate the existing Code sections. The proposed legislation would help implement many of these actions specified in the adopted San Francisco Bike Plan.
Potential BOMA Member Issues - Your Feedback Is Requested
The new measure will target primarily new construction projects and existing buildings where building alterations increase the gross square footage of a structure by 20% or more. There are a few issues that will affect a BOMA members' ability to facilitate bicycle parking in an existing building going forward. Any feedback on the following is appreciated. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike Parking Facilities (Bike Rooms) - Grace Period Until August 2013
The aforementioned 2012 Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings law requires that commercial building owners allow bicycles to be brought into the tenant space/or into a bike room on site for tenant employees only.
If a BOMA member has elected to allow tenants to park their bicycles in a bike room and they have not built it by August 2013, they will have until that time to do so under the current Planning/Environment Code. After August 2013, they will be subject to the new bicycle parking requirements including: new parking design standards, number of parking spaces based on square footage, path of travel (e.g., no stair or escalators may used to access parking) and parking facility location requirements that are included in the 2013 bike parking proposal.
- Charging a Reasonable Fee for Bike Parking Facilities
If you charge a reasonable fee for use of your building's bicycle facilities, you'll need to provide the bike parking facility at no charge if you build it after August 2013.
- Existing Bike Parking Facilities
According to the Planning Department, if a property owner has an existing bike parking facility on site that meets the current code, they do not have to meet the new requirements (after August 2013) unless they have building alterations that increase the gross square footage of the structure by 20% or more.
- Allowing Full Tenant Employee Bicycle Access
If a property owner or manager allows all tenant employees bicycle access into the building without restriction, they are not impacted by the new proposal.
We'll update this post once we receive the next draft of the proposal outlining these changes. Please email email@example.com with any questions you may have.