In 2018, the City of Sheboygan was named a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists joining 464 visionary communities from across the country. The five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze, plus an honorable mention category and a no designation level – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. The League of American Bicyclists provides feedback and guidance to every applicant community, regardless of award designation, with the goal of helping every community to improve. Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they not only maintain existing efforts, but also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards, and community-driven best practices.
For more information visit: https://www.sheboyganwi.gov/bronze-level-bicycle-friendly-community-2018/
The City of Sheboygan Bike Rack Program installs bike racks in the public right-of-way to encourage ridership by providing convenient locations to lock bikes on a short-term basis. This project is part of the City’s effort to create a Complete Streets Program. The Complete Streets Program will create a vision for a comprehensive bicycling network that utilizes a variety of facilities such as trails, bike lanes, and other facilities. It will also make recommendations focused on making walking, bicycling, and other active modes of transportation for daily needs safer, more comfortable, and more convenient. The Bike Rack Program reflects the City’s efforts to serve the growing bicycling community and promote bicycling as a healthy recreational activity and environmentally friendly mode of travel.
When there is ample access to places to park bikes, people are more inclined to use them to go from place to place in the city – whether that be their home, place of work, or favorite local businesses.
Although bike rack locations must generally meet all the location criteria, exceptions can be made, and the Public Works Department may approve locations as exempt from one or more criteria on a case-by-case basis. The standard criteria are:
Rack locations must maintain the following clearances from the bike envelope:
Locations are selected based on likely demand of a location, proximity to existing bike racks, and the location’s conformance to the guidelines. As each location is unique, each request will be evaluated by City staff on a case-by-case basis before being approved for a bike rack. Businesses requesting racks must meet with City staff to demonstrate the lack of feasible space on private property for a bike rack.
In order to install racks efficiently, installations will be prioritized based on the likely demand of bike parking at each location and by geography, rather than in the exact order they are requested. Rack installation times can vary depending on the Department’s workload and funds available for the project each year.
Locations may be approved and placed on a waiting list for installation.
Width and length/dept requirements:
Overall width needed is 2 feet per bicycle, same as for any well-designed rack. In the example below, for 4 bikes the minimum width needed is 96”, the same as for a rack with 4 individual spaces. There is no space savings with this rack design since you still need room to get bikes in and out without handlebar interference. The space length, or depth, when using inverted-U type racks will be longer than for other types of racks due to the variety of ways people may use these racks. Instead of 6 ft. you will need between 90” and 108” (7.5 - 9 ft.).
The diagram below explains both the width and length/depth requirements:
Get outside and bike around Sheboygan!
City of Sheboygan businesses and residents are invited to request a bike rack in areas of the City where bicycle parking is needed.
Bike rack requests can be submitted online using the form below. City staff will contact you and neighboring properties after a request is received to perform a needs assessment.
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