Topic outline

    • This course, Cycle parking: Why? Where? How much? What kind?, was originally offered as a 4-week moderated course in spring 2014 as part of the EU TIDE project. While we can no longer provide expert moderation, we are happy to make the course material open for you to learn from.  If you have any questions about this course or about the TIDE project, please contact

  • Unit 1: Introduction

    Even if the route from home to destination is safe and comfortable for cycling, if the bike parking is insufficient or unsafe, people will be discouraged from cycling for transportation. This course will look at different types of bike parking and what types are appropriate for different locations. It will also address the value to businesses and to employers of providing bike parking for their customers and employees.

  • Unit 2: Background and context

    This unit talks about why cycle parking is important and how it fits into the transportation chain. It will also get you started looking at the cycle parking in your own town or city.

  • Unit 3: Time and distance

    The type of cycle parking that is appropriate for a given location depends on how long people expect to leave their bikes there.

  • Unit 4: Getting systematic

    If a lack of cycle parking seems to be an issue in your town or city, simply providing more may not necessarily improve the situation. In the City of London, they found that poorly designed and/or poorly located parking does not appeal to cyclists and is not used. Careful consideration needs to be given to the location and type of cycle parking as well as to access and to promotion to encourage the use of parking facilities.

  • Unit 5: Economic aspects

    When we think about installing new cycle parking, we usually focus on how much it will cost, but it's also important to consider what benefits come with appropriate and sufficient cycle parking.

  • Unit 6: Conclusion

    What have you learned and what else can you learn from the TIDE project?

    • Review of the key messages and resources of this course

    • A few more resources that may be useful