In August 2018, NCTCOG's Regional Transportation Council and the Executive Board authorized funding to implement an eco-friendly bike parking design in the Bishop Arts District in Dallas. The Retrofitting Neighborhood Commercial with Green Bicycle Parking Pilot Project designed and developed an easily replicable parklet to include a “green” design bicycle parking area, suitable to be replicated in various mixed use and neighborhood walkable retail districts.
The bike parking parklet was installed at the intersection of N Bishop Avenue and W 8th Street, to facilitate multimodal transportation and to ease the overall demand for vehicle parking in the Bishop Arts District. The project utilized the dimensions of two on-street automobile parallel parking spaces for the parklet, constructed on top of the existing street, as a relatively inexpensive retrofit. The parklet design includes buffered wheel stops at each end, and vertical landscape planters, to make the structure visible to traffic. The bicycle parking area is grade-separated from surrounding vehicle travel lanes and can accommodate parking for thirteen bicycles by using a small angle iron under the corner of each bench as a lock post. It also accommodates seating and a shade structure.
A ribbon cutting event to mark the opening of the parklet took place on Friday, December 18, 2020. Photos from the event and of the completed parklet can be viewed by clicking here.
Construction plans for the parklet are shared use and can be downloaded by clicking here.