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Bicycle racks encourage customers to ride a bike to your district for short trips and errands. Racks provide space for cyclists to park their bikes without cluttering up doorways or damaging street trees. Even better – the racks and installation are absolutely free!
To get a rack installed, call the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Spot Bicycle Improvement Program, at 206-684-8562. Requests received during the winter months are generally fulfilled more quickly than in the busier summer months.
SDOT cannot sell you racks for your private use but can provide a list of rack manufactures and assist with identifying an appropriate location for a rack on private property.
Frequently asked questions:
Can SDOT put a rack anywhere ?
Racks are intended for business districts and are only installed in the public right-of-way at locations that are attractive for bicyclists without obstructing pedestrians. SDOT requirements include a minimum setback of 3’ from the curb while leaving a minimum of 6’ of clear sidewalk width. Proximity to a building or business entrance and clearance from sidewalk furniture, crosswalks, bus stops and loading zones are also considered. Each request is followed up by a site visit to determine whether there are any appropriate locations for a bicycle rack.
Will a permit be needed for a rack?
No, SDOT will waive the Street Use permit requirement when approving the location or installing the rack.
When I have a bike rack installed, does the rack become my property?
No, the rack remains the property and maintenance responsibility of SDOT.
What should I do if the rack gets damaged or becomes loose?
Call the SDOT Bicycle Program at 206-684-8562.
What should I do if a bicycle has been abandoned on a rack?
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