Proposed ordinance would require showers, bicycle stalls for Minneapolis developments

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January 24, 2013
By: Nick Halter
Nick Halter
Developments would need bike parking, showers and lockers

There’s already a rule in Minneapolis that if developers want to construct large commercial buildings downtown, they have to include bicycle parking spaces, showers and lockers.

City Council Member Gary Schiff (Ward 9) wants to extend that ordinance to developments outside of downtown.

“We want to make sure they are built in a way to accommodate bike commuters,” said Schiff, who noted that surveys show people who often want to bike to work are dissuaded by not having a place to change clothes.

Schiff will introduce the issue at tomorrow’s City Council meeting, but said most of the details still need to be worked out. The idea, he said, came from the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee.

The ordinance for downtown development only kicks in when a building tops 500,000 square feet. As developments get bigger, they need more bike parking stalls, lockers and showers. The minimum is 30 stalls, four showers and 15 lockers. 

Schiff used the example of Coloplast – a city-subsided building on the upper riverfront. That development is on a bike path, but was not required to meet the bicycle facility requirements that a downtown business of similar size would.

Schiff said the ordinance will be sent to the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee and said city staff will ask for input from developers. He expects it will be roughly six months before the City Council votes on an ordinance.