This bachelor thesis is about illustrating the fundamental principles for planning, locating
and designing bicycle parking spaces. The study aims to give an understanding of the
need and demand for bicycle parking spaces today, as well as to determine how these can
be met according to different theories. The study also aims to investigate the issue with
incorrectly parked bicycles, which occurs frequently in the cityscape and therefore creates
an obstacle in street spaces.
An observational study on the new bicycle lots along Götgatan was conducted in order
to analyze how the theories of bicycle parking spaces are applied in practice. Cyclists
were then interviewed in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the cyclists’ revealed
preferences. A quantitative survey was also conducted to measure the popularity of the
bicycle stands among the cyclists.
The study clearly shows that the most fundamental principles, of the various theories, of
suitable bicycle parking spaces are as follows: Planning areas intended for bicycle parking
spaces at an early stage, locating the bicycle parking spaces as close to the target point as
possible, as well as designing the bicycle parking spaces according to peoples needs. Well
thought out planning, correct placement, and carefully estimated needs are key concepts
in the establishment of attractive and frequently used bicycle parking spaces.
The observational study revealed that there were few cyclists who chose to park their
bicycles in the new bicycle lots on Götgatan. The interviews provided an explanation for
why cyclists do not choose the new bicycle lots as their parking option. It was shown
that this is due to unnecessary long walk to their target points as well as a potential safety
risk in regards to crossing the bicycle lane in order to reach pedestrian sidewalk.
Proximity to the target point and avoidance of crossing the bicycle lane are among the
most fundamental principles that are illustrated by the theories and are also the most
applied in practice.
2015. , 30 p.