Turvec guide to bike storage

Bike storage glossary

Sheffield stand or bike hoop

  • A steel hoop fixed into the ground at two points, providing a secure parking space for a parked bicycle. Sheffield sands are conventionally constructed from galvanised or stainless steel and are available in surface mounted and root fixed variants. Sheffield stands are now available in a large range of sizes and designs from circular loops to penny farthings.

Two tier bike rack

  • Two-tier bike racks, also referred to as a double-tier, double stacker or two layer bike rack. These racks position one bike above another on a racking system with a lowering upper tier.


  • Gas-assisted bike racks include a gas-spring to ensure the top level of a two-tier rack is accessible for everyone and all bike types.

Circulation zone

  • The circulation zone is the distance between the end of the bike rack and the nearest obstacle. It is the distance a cyclist has to manoeuvre their bicycle and access a bike rack.

Locking point

  • This is the area on which a bike is secured to the bike rack. It should be easy for a d-lock to access.

Wheel benders

  • A bike rack design that holds the front wheel in a grate style design and can easily cause damage.


  • The Dutch certification for quality bike parking.

Bike sizes

  • As a general rule the international recognised size is 1900mm long, 1200mm tall and 750mm wide. Making allowance for these dimensions should ensure that all standard bicycles can park adequately.

Non-standard bicycles.

  • Cargo Bikes – 2500mm long, 1200mm tall and 750mm wide
  • Recumbent Bikes – 2000mm long, 1200mm tall and 750mm wideThe growth in recumbent and cargo bikes should be accommodated within the design of bike storage facilities.
  • Cyclist wheeling bike – Space required is 1000mm.