So, I’ve been trying to figure out if any bike racks are going in at the new St. Clair College Journalism Mediaplex building downtown. The short answer is no, but in the future, the college may look at putting some in.
I thought it was required of new (and renovated) buildings in Windsor to provide bike racks. I asked around, and the answer to that question depends on how many motor vehicle parking spaces are being provided on the property.
I’m in the process of finding out if there’s going to be a parking lot at the new Mediaplex, and I’ll let you know when I find out. For now, take a look at the by-law, and let me know how many bike parking spots you think there should be for say, a 30 car parking lot. (I ask, because this confuses the hell out of me.)
Here are the exact words in the by-law:
Bicycle Parking Spaces
(i) For the purpose of this clause, a bicycle parking space shall mean a hard surfaced area having a minimum dimension of 0.6 metres by 2.5 metres and having thereon a corrosion resistant metal bicycle storage rack capable of accommodating one (1) bicycle in a safe and secure manner;
(ii) There shall be provided and maintained reserved parking for bicycles at the following ratio: two (2) bicycle parking spaces for the first 10 required motor vehicle parking spaces and a minimum of one (1) bicycle parking space for each twenty (20) additional required motor vehicle parking spaces to a maximum of one (1) bicycle parking space for each fifteen (15) required motor vehicle parking spaces beyond the first 10 motor vehicle parking spaces.
(AMENDED by B/L 363-2002, Dec. 31, 2002)
(iii) All required bicycle parking spaces shall be provided at the time of the erection of a building or addition thereto, expansion of a use or when there is a change of use of a lot or building. They shall be subsequently maintained exclusively for the use for which they are required for as long as such use in operation;
(iv) The provisions of clause (b) and subclauses (ii) and (iii) of clause (c), of subsection (5), of this Section shall apply to bicycle parking spaces;
(v) The number of required motor vehicle parking spaces shall be reduced at a ratio of one (1) parking space for each four (4) bicycle parking spaces provided, however, that the reduction in motor vehicle parking spaces shall not exceed 15 percent of the required motor vehicle parking spaces;
(vi) All required bicycle parking spaces shall be located on the same lot as the use they are intended to serve.
(vii) Each bicycle space shall be located in a manner which will not hamper the movement of pedestrians or physically challenged persons on a walkway or within a parking area or motor vehicles within a parking area. The following regulations shall apply:
(1) When located on a walkway, each bicycle parking space shall be more than two (2) metres distant from a building and a handicapped motor vehicle parking space;
(2) No bicycle parking space shall be permitted within a daylight corner or a required yard;
(viii) Required bicycle parking spaces provided inside a building or located so as not to be visible from the major access area to the site shall be identified by an Information and Operational Sign as set out in the Corporation’s Sign By-law Number 250-2004.
(ADDED by B/L 12234, July 14, 1995 AND AMENDED by B/L 46-2005, March 23, 2005)
And here’s a link to the by-law (which covers property re-zoning):
So, what do you think?