We make it easy for cyclists, and easy for you.
DC is a cyclist's city and their bikes need a safe place to live. We work with developers and architects to design bicycle storage rooms in residential and commercial buildings. We take care of everything, so you don't have to.
More people are cycling.
Secure storage makes sense.
More people are using cycling as a way to stay healthy, save money, and commute to and from work. Because of the increased numbers of bicycle commuters and recreational riders, there is a rising need and responsibility to provide adequate bicycle parking at your facility.
Growth of Cycling in DC
In addition, the District Department of Transportation has developed a set of regulations requiring all residential buildings to maintain a certain number of bicycle parking spaces. Having the right plan for your residential or commercial bicycle parking room will ensure that it is a convenient and efficient space and compliant with all DDOT regulations.
At Bike Room Designs we work with architects and developers in the greater Washington metro area. We begin with a one-on-one consultation to talk about your bicycle storage needs and requirements. We take into consideration the space you have to work with, your ideal number of bicycles to store, your city's regulations, and your budget. We then prepare a quote and a set of drawings, including a 3D and a top-view version of the completed bike room.
Once the final design is approved, we work with our manufacturing partners to deliver and install your parking racks. We also offer and install amenities such as repair stands, air pumps, lockers, benches, etc to make your bike room as personalized as you like.
Regulations + LEED Credits
Not only does bike parking increase demand for your property, in DC it is required by city codes. We can help you navigate the requirements and regulations for residential and commercial building so you are in compliance with city codes.
Bicycle parking is required in all buildings with car parking in DC, with some exceptions. Bicycle parking must be:
- Accessible from the building and street or other bike right-of-way.
- Secure, well-lit, and located within the building on the ground floor, basement first cellar level.
The number of bicycle parking spaces required are dependent on the number of car parking spaces required and year the building was built.
- The number of bicycle parking spaces must equal at least 5% of required car spaces.
- n buildings built before March 1, 1985, 1% of the amount of required parking spaces can be converted to bike parking spaces.
DC continues to leads the nation in green building. Bicycle facilities in new construction can gain developers points toward their LEED certification. LEED's Bicycle Facilities credit is intended to:
- Promote bicycling and transportation efficiency and reduce vehicle distance travelled.
- Improve public health by encouraging physical activity.
Bike Room Designs is made up of a team from DC's Best Bike Shop: The Bike Rack.
Chuck Harney is the face of Bike Room Designs and is on the forefront when it comes to innovative ideas for residential and commercial bicycle parking. As owner of The Bike Rack for more than 8 years, Chuck is well aware of the recent boom in commuter and recreational cycling in the DC area. Chuck understands the need to reduce the barriers for new bicycle commuters which is why his designs will often include amenities such as air pumps, repair stands, benches, lockers, changing rooms and showers.
Brad Saaks is an integral part of Bike Room Designs. His input into the design process and installation of the hardware turns an empty room or an existing and cluttered room into a beautifully designed and functional bicycle parking room.