How to apply to install your own bicycle parking in Cape Town

City of Cape Town

Draft Guidelines for Applications for Bicycle Racks

  1. 1.         Introduction

The City of Cape Town encourages bicycle use as a viable mode of transport.  Bicycle parking is a key component of creating a successful City-wide bicycle system.  The increased popularity of cycling as mode of transport and for recreational purposes has resulted in the following requests to the Transport Department for bicycle racks:

  • U-tube bicycle racks funded and implemented by the City.
  • U-tube bicycle racks funded and implemented by private business.
  • Creative but functional bicycle racks funded and implemented by private business.

The Draft Guidelines have been developed in order to guide the contents of proposals for cycle racks by private business.

The U-Tube bicycle rack is the standard rack for the City of Cape Town.  The detail design drawing is attached.


  1. 2.         Standards for Bicycle Racks

Proposed bicycle racks must meet the following standards:

  • Racks must support any type of bicycle without damaging it – both when the cycle is parked and if it is accidently knocked.
  • It must be possible to secure both the frame and one of the wheels to the rack.
  • Whether or not in use, the rack must not be a danger to pedestrians, particular those who are blind or partially sighted, or obstruct pedestrian movements or desire lines.
  • In public places the rack must not detract from the environment.
  • The rack must be securely anchored to the ground with theft resistant hardware.
  • Bicycle racks my not obstruct building entrances (pedestrian and vehicle), fire hydrants, fire escapes, pedestrian desirelines, loading bays, parking bays for the disabled, manhole covers and utility services.
  • Bicycle racks must be manufactured from weather resistant materials.
  • Signage and branding at/ on racks need to present Transport for Cape Town TCT) standards.
  • Bicycle rack designs which are more creative must be functional bicycle racks.


  1. 3.         Application

A formal application for privately funded bicycle racks needs to be compiled and submitted for assessment.  The application (7 printed copies) needs to be addressed to the local District Manager:  Roads and Stormwater Department, Transport for Cape Town.

  1. 4.         Aspects to be addressed

For the application to be comprehensive and enable the District Manager to assess the proposal, the application needs to address the following aspects in adequate detail:


  • Description of the location.
  • Provide a locality map.
  • Provide a photograph of the location.

Assessment of the proposed location

Assess the proposed location needs to consider the presence of the following:  building entrances (pedestrian and vehicle), fire hydrants, fire escapes, pedestrian desirelines, loading bays, disabled parking bays and manhole covers.

Footprint of the proposed bicycle rack

Provide footprint of the bicycle rack with parked bicycle.

Proposed bicycle rack design

Provide detail design drawing with dimensions of bicycle rack.

Assessment of pedestrian movement

Assess how the bicycle rack with parked bicycle will impact on pedestrian movement.  (Minimum of 1,5m sidewalk width required with one directional flow and minimum of 1,8m sidewalk width required with bi-directional flow.)

Material manufactured from

Specify the material from which the bicycle rack will be manufactured as well as treatment (eg galvanized).

Method of installation

Provide how the bicycle rack will be installed to ground surface (eg sunk or bolted).

Manufacturing, installation and maintenance

Provide information regarding responsibility for manufacturing, installation and maintenance of the bicycle rack.

5.         Assessment of Application for Privately Funded Bicycle Racks

The local District Manager:  Roads and Stormwater Directorate will assess the application ito the above standards for bicycle racks and the aspects to be addressed adequately in the application.  The presence of underground utility services will be verified.




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  1. Great! Where can we get hold of the documents referred to in your article?

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