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Installation Guidelines for Bike Racks

Public Right-of-Way: City sponsored racks will only be installed in the public right-of-way. Public bicycle racks will be installed at locations where there is insufficient space on adjacent private property that may be used for bicycle parking.

Visibility: The bicycle rack should be located in clear sight from within the building. Placement near a main entrance or a front window is often the best solution.

Surface Conditions: The ground surface for the rack may be mowed lawn, decomposed granite or any walk-able paved surface. The surface should be flat enough to properly park bicycles, but also sloped enough to prevent puddling.


  • Typical bicycles are six feet long and two feet wide at the handle bars. Placement of the rack should include consideration of how it will work when bicycles are parked at the rack.
  • The bicycle rack and secured bicycles cannot interfere with pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk and should be accessible to pedestrians.
  • Installation of racks must not create a hazard or impediment to any existing uses.
  • The rack cannot be located closer to the curb than two feet. When placed next to a curb that has on-street car parking, allow a 30-inch clear zone. Three feet from the curb is ideal, although in certain circumstances, the distance may be greater.
  • Ideally, the bicycle rack should be located two to three feet from any existing street encroachments.


  • The bicycle rack cannot be located adjacent to a blue curb zone (disabled parking).
  • The rack with bicycles parked at it shall maintain a two foot clearance from any street utility vaults, such as PG&E.
  • Racks shall be placed outside of the clear sight triangle required at all street intersections.
  • The bicycle rack shall not be located to impede access to a store/building entrance or exit.
  • The bicycle rack shall not be installed in a driveway.

Rack Design:

Drawing of a bicycle rack

Generally, the City of Sacramento will provide an “inverted-U” type design which allows bicycles to lean against the rack, providing at least two points of contact to prevent the bicycles from falling over. Areas of higher volume bicycle usage may require larger capacity racks which come in a multiple “inverted-U” design.

All bicycle parking racks are intended to be permanently fixed to the ground and require that the user provide a lock. Anchoring methods may be the embedded type or surface flange type. Anchors will be installed to prevent removal.