When designing the perfect bike parking facility in Australia, it’s important to know the ins and outs of the AS 2890.3 (2015) – that is, the Australian Standard for Bike Parking Facilities.
Unfortunately, the 36-page document is not the most riveting read. So we at Five at Heart, with the help of our CEO, Mark Rossiter (who sat on the board that developed the standard), have decided to break down the most important aspects of the code into a simple blog post for your reading pleasure. No time? Check out this great 3-minute video instead.
Here’s what you need to know.
Why the AS 2890.3 (2015) are important
Quality and Accessibility
AS2890.3 (2015) was developed with the assistance of leaders in the industry, which means that by following the AS 2890.3 you are making sure you are designing the most functional facility. Since we at Five at Heart are riders ourselves, we understandably believe these standards are integral to the successful design of end-of-trip facilities. Designing your bike parking facilities to Australian Standards ensures that your business or client has the best possible, carefully considered, future-proof product on the marketplace, and that your product is suitable for all kinds of users. Which is important, because, well, quality is important, accessibility is important, and the AS 2890.3 sets the standard for accessible, quality end-of-trip bike parking designs in Australia.
Green Star points
Happier, healthier employees means happier, healthier tenants. For this reason, Australia’s Green Star certification system requires bike parking to be designed to Australian Standards in order to be eligible for the Green Star point for end-of-trip facilities.
Local governments and Green Star rules rely on AS2890.3 to determine the requirements for compliant bicycle parking facilities. Failure to follow their guidelines can result in developmental approval delays, the requirement to provide additional space for bike parking, the requirement to replace non-compliant product designs and monetary fines.
In other words, ignoring Australian Standards essentially means that you are creating a product that could cause headaches down the road. So, in order to ensure that your design meets all requisite guidelines, and that you are garnering Green Star points, we recommend following the guidelines or calling on someone intimately familiar with the rules in order to point you in the right direction.
The need-to-knows: an overview of Australian Standards.
The 20% horizontal minimum
The 20% horizontal minimum requirement is often the most overlooked aspect of the AS2890.3 and is key to providing accessibility to riders unable to lift a bicycle and for the parking of non-standard bicycles.
It essentially means that 20% of the bike parking spaces you provide in your facility must allow for the horizontal parking of bikes. Our Wishbone is the perfect solution for this type of parking.
Introduction of the bicycle spacing envelope
The bicycle spacing envelope is the overall footprint of the average bicycle and forms the starting point of all required bike parking dimensions and specifications. The dimensions of the bicycle spacing envelope are 1800mm x 1200mm x 500mm.