BICYCLE PARKING FUND ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES GUIDE
Administrative Rule Adopted by Portland Office of Transportation Pursuant to Rule-Making Authority
INTRODUCTION TO PROCEDURES GUIDE
The purpose of this guide is to provide procedures for implementing the Bicycle Parking Fund in the City of Portland. The guide explains the reasons for creating the Bicycle Parking Fund, its applicability to individual developments and how the fees are calculated, collected, and used.
This guide is based on, and implements, Section 17.28.065.C of Title 17, Public Improvements, of the Code of the City of Portland. Section 17.28.065.C was adopted by City Council on February 4, 2004 (Ordinance No.178173), effective date March 5, 2004.
In 1996, City Council adopted short-term bicycle parking requirements as amendments to Title 33. Since these requirements went into effect, a number of problems relating to the provision of short-term bicycle parking have been identified by bicycle riders and advocates, the development community, and city staff.
The Bicycle Parking Fund was created as an alternative to providing short-term bicycle parking on-site as required in Chapter 33.266 of Title 33, Planning and Zoning to address some of these problems. The changes to Title 33 provide developers with an alternative to placing required short-term bicycle parking on site – allowing them to "buy out" of their responsibility for the bike parking on site.
The alternative approach allows developers whose buildings have inadequate space within 50 feet of the main entrances, and no required short-term bicycle parking on-site, to pay a fee to the Office of Transportation. The fees are used by the Portland Office of Transportation (PDOT) to install bicycle parking in the right-of-way.
City Council made other changes to Title 33 to clarify and add specificity to existing regulations when bicycle parking is provided on site. The user of short-term bicycle parking needs it to be visible and convenient. Placing short-term bicycle parking inside buildings tended to result in parking that was out-of-sight and difficult to find. For that reason, short-term bicycle parking can no longer be placed inside buildings.
In instances where a requirement or direction is quoted verbatim from Section 17.28.065.C or from Title 33, Planning and Zoning, the text appears in italics.
Authority to develop this Administrative Procedures Guide is provided in Title 17 as follows:
Authority. The City Council delegates authority to the Manager of the Bureau of Transportation Engineering and Development (BTE&D) to adopt administrative rules and procedures necessary to implement provisions of this section. All rules pursuant to this delegated authority shall be filed with the office of the City Auditor and be available for public inspection. (17.28.065.C.1)
Ordinance No. 178173, passed by City Council February 4, 2004 and effective March 5, 2004.
Filed for inclusion in PPD March 5, 2004.
Amended by Transportation Planning Division Manager March 12, 2007.