September 11, 2018

Bike parking rack dimensions

George Turvec

By George Hosegood

Two things determine the footprint, dimensions and loading distance required for a bike rack:

  • the dimensions of a bicycle
  • the angle the bike is parked

Typically, storage allows 750mm for handlebars and 1800mm for the length of the cycle.


Horizontal bike storage:

Horizontal racks store a bicycle conventionally on both wheels, racks with this positioning, therefore, require the full length of a bike for storage.

Rack types: Sheffield hoops, Cobra racks, recumbent parking, E-Bike stations.

Requirement: 1800mm – 2000mm footprint, 1500mm loading distance.


Vertical bike storage:

Vertical racks store a bicycle at 90 degrees, vertically on a wall or frame. The height of a bike determines this depth required for these racks; this is internationally recognised as 1200mm for larger bikes.

Rack types: Secure vertical racks, Cradle racks, wall hangers.

Requirement: 1200mm footprint, 1500mm loading distance. 2200mm ceiling height (for staggered racks).


Semi-vertical bike storage:

Semi-vertical racks store a bicycle at an angle, this reduces the required headroom for vertical frames whilst retaining the dense centre to centre spacing. Framing also reduces the installation time.

Rack types: Semi-vertical racks.

Requirement: 1500mm footprint, 1500mm loading distance.


Two-tier bike storage:

Two-tier racks position one bicycle above another to double capacity of an area.

Rack types: 2ParkUp two-tier rack.

Requirement: 2000mm footprint, 2000mm loading distance. 2600mm clear height

Still unsure about parking rack dimensions?

If you’re still unsure about any rack dimensions, measurements or design plans, then get in touch with our office; we’d be happy to help.

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