Starting January 1, 2010, the City's Zoning Code will require new developments (of certain size) to install bicycle parking spaces as part of its building permit. This is a terrific victory for sustainability and a significant advancement for making Philadelphia more bicycle friendly.
Bill No. 090190 passed unaminously today in City Council. The Bicycle Coalition thanks Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Councilman James Kenny and Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. for introducing the measure and Councilwoman Brown for sheparding it through the Rules Committee. Special thanks also to Streets Department, L&I and City Planning Commission staff for developing the bill in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition.
So, depending on when projects like American Commerce Center and Philly Live! (the complex that will replace the Spectrum) pull their building permit, they will have to install bicycle parking.
The bill also requires that Department of Licenses and Inspections and Streets Department develop standards for bicycle parking spaces and defines three classes of bicycle spaces. A summary of the bill is here.