Bicycle Parking

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Parking your bicycle - user guidelines

How safe is parking in Sydney?

Sydney is a generally safe city, but it is best to avoid locking your bicycle on the street for a full day or overnight.

Universities are prime targets for bicycle theft, especially if left overnight.

Shared apartment garages are also major targets for bicycle thefts.

The general guideline to use is - your bike lock should cost approximately 10% the cost of your bicycle. The more expensive the bicycle, the more expensive your lock should be.

How to find parking?

Google Maps

Finding bike parking

One way is to use Google Maps. This comes up when searching Newtown bike parking.

Newtown bike parking.jpg

Adding bike parking

To help add parking locations:

  1. Find the location you want to create as bike parking.
  2. Right click on the location and select Add a Missing Place.
  3. Fill in the details:
  Name: Bike Rack
  Category: Parking area for Bicycles (appears on the menu) or Parking Lot for Bicycles (appears once submitted)
  4. Click Submit.

Installation Guidelines

Who manages parking?

Local Councils manage public bicycle parking. Eg. On the footpath.

Private companies manage bicycle parking for private property. Eg. Shopping Centres.

How can I get my apartment to install parking?

Contact your strata committee.

The Sydney Cycleways Bike Parking Resource may assist you.

It includes tips and resources for bike parking in residential buildings.

Types of bicycle parking

The most commonly seen in Sydney are:


Looks like an O. Suitable for attaching to any signage pole. Prevents bicycles from falling over and becoming trip hazards.

Eg. O-Ring Pole Mounted Bike Rail


Looks like a U. Suitable for installation where there is space on wide footpaths or community spaces. Often installed in 3's.

Eg. Compact and Slim Hoop Bike Rails

Bike Racks

Often installed where many bicycles are expected, eg. workplaces, shopping centres, theatres, libraries. Should be bolted to the ground, but sometimes is not (so best to check if locking up to the outer frame).

Eg. AA Series Bike Rack

Australian Standards for Bicycle Parking

Austroads, the national body that provides guidance on a range of transport matters provides the Austroads Guide to Bike Parking.

The Austroads Guide needs to be read in conjunction with the Australian Standard AS2890.3 Bike parking - this is a proprietary instrument which needs to be purchased; its quantitative in terms of design dimensions

In terms of the number of parking spaces at different types of land uses, the ACT guide is best but it not yet finalised and not publicly available.

Some local councils may create an installation guide for their contractors which partly relays the Standard but adds further info to assist in the actual installation. For example, BIKEast are urging Randwick Council to create a set of guidelines, following the inconsistent installation of some bicycle racks in the Randwick area.