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Bicycle parking lots and showering facilities for cyclists

  Published: 20 September 2016
  Theme: Inform (Guidelines)

As part of the vision to go 'car-lite', we need to provide a bike-friendly environment. Under the Walking and Cycling Plan, we are encouraging the provision of bicycle parking lots and “end-of-trip facilities” such as showers and lockers in developments. These facilities will complement the extensive cycling routes that will soon be rolled out within towns and between towns.

LTA has developed a set of guidelines on the appropriate numbers of bicycle lots and "end-of-trip-facilities" for developments, depending on the development type and Gross Floor Area (GFA). These are reproduced at the end of this article in tables 1 to 3. URA is prepared to grant GFA exemptions for bicycle parking and supporting facilities such as shower and locker rooms at workplaces. In assessing the extent of GFA exemptions, we will evaluate whether the size of the facility is appropriate taking reference from LTA's guidelines.

Illustration of public cycling path

Illustration of public cycling path

Conceptual layouts to guide the planning of bicycle paths, parking, and supporting facilities within a development.


Short term bicycle parking lots

Short-term bicycle parking lots cater to visitors who park for less than three hours. These should be easy to spot and easy to get to, typically located on the ground floor.


Long term bicycle parking lots

Long-term bicycle parking lots cater to employees or other regular users who park for extended periods. As such, these should be protected from the rain and sun and are typically located within the development. Ideally, these lots are protected from vandalism and theft, such as via carded access.


End of trip facilities

Examples of “end-of-trip facilities" that are encouraged for cyclists. Such facilities should be dedicated for cyclists' use, and located near long-term bicycle parking lots for convenience.


Table 1: Total Bicycle Parking Provision

Development Type Provision
Residential 1 lot per 6 dwelling units
Office, Retail, Hotel, Medical, Industrial, Mixed-use Commercial and Office, Place of Worship, Civic and Cultural Institution For GFA of at least 1,000m2 and up to 3,000m2
  • 10 bicycle lots
For GFA above 3,000m2
  • First 15,000m2 of GFA; 1 bicycle lot per 300m2
  • Subsequent GFA; 1 bicycle lot per 1,000m2
Community institution, Sports & Recreation Facilities For GFA of at least 1,000m2 and up to 3,000m2
  • 20 bicycle lots
For GFA above 3,000m2
  • First 15,000m2 of GFA; 1 bicycle lot per 150m2
  • Subsequent GFA; 1 bicycle lot per 500m2


Table 2: Long-term vs Short-term Parking Provision

Types of users Type of bicycle parking spaces
Long term bicycle parking Short term bicycle parking
Residential, Hotel, Office, Industrial 80% 20%
Retail, Health institution, Civic & Community institution, Place of Worship, Sports & Recreation Facilities 40% 60%


Table 3: End of trip facilities provision

Uses Shower Locker Other facilities
Residential, Hotel, Sports & Recreation facilities Not Necessary Not Necessary Not Necessary
Retail, Health institution, Office, Industry, Civic & Community institution, Place of Worship 1 shower stall per 10 bicycle lots 1 locker per bicycle lot ≤ 5m2 per 10 bicycle lots (e.g. bicycle repair station, changing room, toilet, fresh towel station


Note: All DC.Connect articles are only for general information. We strongly advise readers to read the relevant circulars we issue to professional institutes for full and accurate information on development control matters as these will continue to take precedence.