BOMA San Francisco Members:
UPDATE - October 28, 2014
The San Francisco Department of the Environment is seeking your input on a proposed definition to include as regulation in the Tenant Bicycle Parking in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance. The definition provides clarification on the buildings subject to the ordinance.
Tbe proposed definition to clarify which commercial properties are subject to the ordinance (the ordinance currently reads, “the principal occupancy of which is a commercial use”):
Buildings subject to the Tenant Bicycle Parking in Existing Buildings Ordinance, must have the majority (50 percent or more) of its square footage occupied for commercial use. The square footage used for this calculation shall be the net floor area; i.e. the actual occupied area not including accessory areas such as corridors, stairways, toilet rooms, mechanical rooms and closets.
Please provide your comments to email@example.com by October 31, 2014 by 3:00 p.m.
REMINDER - January 30, 2014
The San Francisco Department of Environment has kindly extended the date for BOMA members to submit the Bicycle Access Plan and/or applicable exemptions with the Department to January 31, 2014.
Please contact the Department of the Environment with any questions:
San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment)
City & County of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 355-3727
UPDATE - October 30, 2013
With regard to the Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance a property owner or manager must file a Bicycle Access Plan and/or any applicable exemptions with the San Francisco Department of Environment by October 31, 2013. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact CommuteSmart@sfgov.org.
- Your building’s elevator is not available for bicycle access due to substantial safety risks; or
- Alternate covered off-street or alternate indoor no-cost bicycle parking that meets the security requirements of Planning Code Section 155.1(a)(6) and (7), meets the quantity and other requirements identified in the existing Planning Code, and is available within three blocks or 750 feet, whichever is less, that accommodates all tenants requesting bike access.
The Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance is now law. We're honored to work with the San Francisco Bicycle Collation and Supervisor John Avalos' office to make this a reality.
Two articles were published in FM World (BIFM’s Facilities Management magazine) regarding the new law:
- San Francisco beefs up bike access laws | FM World – the BIFM’s Facilities Management magazine http://shar.es/2yUee
- Think Tank: FMs vote for cycle parking | FM World – the BIFM’s Facilities Management magazine http://shar.es/2yOi3
Please click here to access a FAQ sheet to review what this ordinance now requires of commercial building owners and managers. BOMA members (and non-BOMA members) will, at a tenant’s request, now have to:
- Allow bicycles to be brought into the tenant space/or into a bike room on site for tenant employees only.
- A building owner and manager will have to allow bicycles in the building without restriction (e.g., no prescription on path of travel, elevator use), but if they choose to restrict full access in anyway, they must fill out a Bicycle Access Plan (BAP) and submit that document to the San Francisco Department of Environment. NOTE: the San Francisco Department of Environment is currently developing the BAP.
- If a building owner and manager chooses to restrict bicycle access, they must provide parking (e.g., a bike room on site) and detail the location of the parking area and access to it in a BAP.
- OR a building owner and manager can fully restrict bicycle access to the building.
- If the building owner and manager decides to file an exemption to the BAP then they must locate no-cost secure bicycle parking (e.g., via neighboring garage) within three blocks or 750 feet - whichever is less - for all employees of a tenant who requests bicycle parking.