Bike Storage

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Parking will likely be a significant factor in our negotiations with city planners and the neighborhood. Having a solid plan for bike parking may help alleviate some of those concerns.


My preferred option is racks for up to 50 bikes on 48th, plus maybe another 24 bikes on Shattuck. --Patrik (talk) 18:18, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Indoor bike storage

Regular building occupants should have priority access. If we estimate typical (non-event) daily peak occupancy at around 50 people for the whole building, then indoor storage for 20-30 bikes seems reasonable.

Highest storage density with hanging hooks (including space for access corridors between racks) is probably around 8 sqft/bike. Possible as low as 5 sqft/bike with 2-tier storage (see Reference Designs).


Location: SE corner of Cafe, between entrance and door to Ballroom.
Size: up to 440 sqft (preferably less!)
# Bikes: up to 55 (at 8 sqft/bike).
Pros: Tons of space available.
Cons: Eats up prime Cafe space.

Concrete proposal: 240 sqft for 30 bikes, plus some extra space for a bike repair stand and tools. Either in the SE corner, or the NE corner where the long bar used to be.

Ticket Booth

Location: Storage room in SE corner of building, next to ballroom former entry. "Storage [3]" on map.
Size: 144 sqft? Need to measure exact size
# Bikes: 18? (8 sqft/bike).
Pros: Out of the way.
Cons: Already in use!

Storage [6]

Location: Storage room in NW corner of building, next to disco stairs.
Size: 116 sqft? Need to measure exact size
# Bikes: 16? (8 sqft/bike).
Pros: Out of the way & close to exit.
Cons: Already used for bike storage & too small (5-6 bikes?). Need to check how much space would be available if we remove wall with disco stairway.

Storage [7]

Location: Entrance to walk-in freezer.
Size: small! 64 sqft
# Bikes: 8 (8 sqft/bike).
Pros: Close to exit.
Cons: Very small, and likely to be used for garbage bins.

Walk-in freezer

Location: next to NW double-door exit.
Size: small! 66 sqft
# Bikes: 8 (8 sqft/bike).
Pros: Close to exit.
Cons: Small, and freezer is already spoken for by FNB (can we provide them with enough freezer storage in the basement instead?)

Storage [4]

Location: NW storage room from Bocce ball court.
Size: 109 sqft
# Bikes: 14 (8 sqft/bike).
Pros: Close to exit. Could open up wall to Storage [6] and [7]?
Cons: Already in use by CCL! Would need to install extra door to exit.

Outdoor bike parking

For regular events/classes. Aim for ~50 outside spots?

Design Guidelines

City of Oakland!


Along building facade

Note that there are some trees in front of the building that would cut into bike storage space.

Some of these options may not be allowed by the City, depending on exactly where the property line is, and where the public sidewalk starts!

Size: 80 ft on 48th Street, max 83 ft on Shattuck (minus trees)

Option 1: hanging hooks

# Bikes: up to 108 (at 1.5 ft per hook)
Pros: Good use of vertical space. Only takes up ~3.5 ft around outside of building.
Cons: Biggest eyesore option (or biggest statement about importance of bike use!) Limited to spacing between hooks (~1.5 ft between hooks); hard to cram in more bikes.

Option 2: racks parallel or diagonal to building

See "Side walk" options below. will need to follow all the same regulations as installing racks at the curb.

Side walk

The sidewalk on 48th Street is 12' wide. On Shattuck, 10' wide at the narrowest points. 48th Street has 6 newly planted trees along the curb, with 14' in between them.

Size: 5 x 14 = 70 ft on 48th Street, max 83 ft on Shattuck

Option 1: parallel bike rack

Bikes parallel to parked cars. City of Oakland requires sidewalk at least 8 1/2 ft wide; may be reduced to 8 ft.

# Bikes: up to 44, based on City of Oakland inverted U racks, 6.5 ft per rack, 2 bikes per rack.
Pros: Easier to scale how much sidewalk we're using
Cons: Lose some space between bike racks for access

Option 2: diagonal bike rack on 48th + parallel on Shattuck

Omni bike parking.jpg

City of Oakland requires sidewalk at least 135" wide (11 1/4 ft) for diagonal arrangement. Sidewalk on 48th Str is wide enough (12ft), but has trees planted at the curb, leaving 5 bays of 14ft each between trees. Should be good for 4 (or 5?) inverted U loops each; 8-10 bikes per bay.

# Bikes: 40 (50?) on 48th Str. +24 at parallel racks on Shattuck.
Pros: Packs in bikes much more tightly
Cons: Eats up more space on sidewalk

Should take into account La Commune outside seating!

  • Start Installing on the Ends:
    • Shattuck at Event entrance
      • Event needs bike parking more and serves Community better
    • 48th Backspace Entrance.
      • 48th is much nicer for sitting outside
      • Tighter Stacking possible because diagonal

In-Street Bicycle Parking Corral

One rack every 32", on a diagonal. Each rack fits two bikes. One standard car parking space fits 5 racks - 10 bikes.

Overflow bike parking for events

Would the City allow us to convert some parking spaces on the street to bike parking? A moveable bike rack could probably store >10 bikes in the space of a single car.

City of Oakland Event Bike Parking Requirements, Guidelines and Resources!

  • Only required for events > 5000 attendees.

Reference designs

These are some examples of actual real-world bike storage/parking places

Bike storage room at Watergate

Type: locked room
Configuration: hanging hooks, 1.5ft apart
Size: 16.5 x 24 ft, 396 sqft.
# Bikes: 44
Sqft/bike: 9

Commercial storage options

  • Grid Rack - closest spacing is 9 bikes in 10 ft rack, or 6.66 sqft/bike (this type of rack may not be allowable for sidewalk bike parking by City of Oakland)
  • Stretch Rack - 2-tier rack, stores 10 bikes in 6 ft space. Works out to ~5 sqft/bike if you include corridor between racks.