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LEED BD+C: Schools | v4 - LEED v4

Bicycle facilities

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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
  • a 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.

Provide dedicated bicycle lanes that extend at least to the end of the school property with no barriers (e.g., fences) on school property.

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 and Shower Rooms

Provide long-term bicycle storage for at least 5% of regular building occupants (excluding students grade 3 and below), but no fewer than four storage spaces per building.

Provide at least one on-site shower with changing facility for the first 100 regular building occupants (excluding all students) and one additional shower for every 150 regular building occupants (excluding all students) thereafter.

Long-term storage spaces must be easily accessible to occupants and be within 100 feet (30 meters) walking distance of any main entrance.

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

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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