A blog for better streets and public spaces in Portland, Maine.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Portland passes its first bike parking ordinance

The City Council last night passed a new ordinance that will require bicycle racks in proportion to car parking spots in new development projects in the city. Right before the meeting, the City Hall bike rack (right) was full, and several attendees had to bring their rides indoors for lack of adequate parking.

This ordinance is a good first step. Next, the Council should consider letting developers actually replace car parking with bike parking facilities, which are much less expensive for landlords and tenants alike.

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