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LEED ID+C: Retail | v4 - LEED v4

Bicycle facilities

Possible 1 point


To promote bicycling and transportation efficiency and reduce vehicle distance traveled. To improve public health by encouraging utilitarian and recreational physical activity.


Bicycle network

Design or locate the project such that a functional entry and/or bicycle storage is within a 200-yard (180-meter) walking distance or bicycling distance of a bicycle network that connects to at least one of the following:

  • at least 10 diverse uses (see Appendix 1); or
  • bus rapid transit stop, light or heavy rail station, commuter rail station, or ferry terminal.

All destinations must be within a 3-mile (4800-meter) bicycling distance of the project boundary.

Planned bicycle trails or lanes may be counted if they are fully funded by the date of the certificate of occupancy and are scheduled for completion within one year of that date.

Bicycle storage

Provide two short-term bicycle storage spaces for every 5,000 square feet (465 square meters), but no fewer than two storage spaces per tenant space.

Provide long-term bicycle storage for at least 5% of regular building occupants, but no fewer than two storage spaces per building in addition to the short-term bicycle storage spaces.

Short-term bicycle storage must be within 100 feet (30 meters) walking distance of any main entrance. Long-term bicycle storage must be within 100 feet (30 meters) walking distance of any functional entry.

Bicycle storage capacity may not be double-counted: storage that is fully allocated to the occupants of nonproject facilities cannot also serve project occupants.

Provide a bicycle maintenance program for employees or bicycle route assistance for employees and customers. Route assistance must be provided in a manner easily accessible to both employees and customers.

For projects that are part of a master plan development only If bicycle storage has been provided by the development in which the project is located, determine the number of spaces that may be attributed to the project by dividing the floor area of the retail project by the total floor area of the development (buildings only) and multiplying the percentage result by the total number of spaces. If this number does not meet the credit requirement, the project must provide additional bicycle storage.

Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs)

Europe ACP: Bike Path Width

If the requirements on the width of bike paths cannot be met due to the historic urban context of the project site, compensating measures to reduce street speeds and/or to enhance biking security on routes connecting to a qualifying bike network are acceptable:

  • A security lane for biking (marked dedicated bike lane, which can be shared by cars in narrow sections of the street when no bikes are present) or a physically dedicated bike lane less than 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide
  • Intersections spaced no more than 400 feet (122 meters) apart
  • Travel lane widths no greater than 10 feet (3 meters) and parallel parking lane widths no greater than 8 feet (2.4 meters)

Routes that meet the alternative requirements outlined above must be clearly identified by type within the required documentation.

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