If You Run a Business and Want Bike Parking, Tell Public Works by March 31

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The bike corral on South Pearl Street adds a lot of parking capacity for bikes in the amount of space it takes to park an SUV. Photo: CPD/Flickr

The Denver Department of Public Works just reopened applications for its bike parking program, which aims to give people a lot more places to store their bikes near local businesses.

Convenient parking is both a great way to increase bike riding and a win for retail businesses. Shoppers and diners who arrive on bikes spend 24 percent more per month than those who arrive by car, according to DPW.

Businesses can apply online for one of three types of bike racks: A standard U-shaped rack, an “alternate” rack (perhaps with some artsy bling), or a bike corral, which provides several bike parking spaces on the street.

For corrals, which can hold a dozen bikes in the space a single car takes up, businesses pay the city $1,000 for a five-year permit. Other types of bike parking come at no charge. Either way, the process starts with the same application. The application process closes March 31.

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Businesses can apply for three types of racks. Image: DPW

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