The city of Glendale’s transportation oversight committee is considering the inclusion of a bicycle parking component as part of an update to the city’s zoning code.
The previous code had no requirements for buildings — either private or public — to provide parking for bicycles in or around their lots assigned with car spaces.
Transportation planner Patrick Sage said at a recent meeting that he has heard several complaints from Glendale residents saying the city’s biggest attractions — such as Westgate and Gila River Arena — do not have adequate bike parking spaces. Some even lock their bikes on nearby trees.
“That’s a real missed opportunity,” he told the committee.
In discussing the potential for an addition to the code, Sage referred to other nearby cities, and their individual codes, as something to base Glendale’s potential upgrades on.
He said Mesa requires bicycle parking at “practically all new development” except for single-family homes. New construction must allow, he said, a minimum of three bike spots, or one for every 10 car slots, whichever is greater.
Scottsdale has a similar policy, he said, but it starts with developments that have 40 or more car parking spaces assigned to their facilities.
While the idea of including the bicycle parking in the updated code excited several of the committee members, the new code, as it stands, would not likely include mandatory renovations to already-existing buildings. Sage said it would be “extremely difficult” to go back and make changes to the lots and outside structures that have been in place previously. The ruling would merely affect any new developments or construction in Glendale.
“This is not a plan for the city taking city funds and placing bike racks or that sort of thing on city property or anything like that,” Sage said.
However, the updated code may require facilities making major renovations — which do not already include the assigned bike spots — to then provide such spaces in the new construction.