19-1205 v3.X Minimum Requirement for Bicycle Storage

Question:

The Project Team would, herewith, like to propose an exception for Imperative-04 Human-Powered Living in terms of the minimum requirement for bicycle storage supported by the following:
Location of the school does not allow for cycling facilities or routes to be established.
As evidenced, the greater context of the site predominantly consists of farmlands; in which the project site is imbedded. XXXXX can be seen to the right of the image. Access to the project site from XXXXX requires one to cross the river (seen as the dark, bold path running vertically) as well as a railway.
The site is bordered by the XXXXX road and a servitude to the West of the site, which serves as the access road to the proposed project site from the XXXXX.   There is also a railway bordering the East boundary of the site.  The only public access is therefore from the XXXXX road.
The XXXXX is a fast‐traveling road (100km/h or 62mph) without any sidewalks or cycling infrastructure and is not currently permitted to accommodate cycling infrastructure for the sake of road user safety and proposed future upgrades for vehicular traffic by the roads authority.
The XXXXX is a narrow, rural, fast‐paced road with one traffic lane dedicated to each direction of traffic flow. The XXXXX serves as a crucial circulation route for many residents and farmers driving light and medium‐weight motor vehicles as well as workers driving heavy motor vehicles, farm vehicles and construction vehicles.   Due to the bordering constraints of the project site and with consideration that the nature of the project is that of a school for children, the Project Team kindly request an exception for the requirement for bicycle storage as the location of the site is not conducive to young cyclists. As per the LBC requirements of this Imperative and to encourage cyclist facilities, the Project Team will advocate for the integration of cycling infrastructure to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

Answer:

The intent of this requirement is to "reduce transportation-related environmental impacts and encourage compact, connected communities that support a productive and rich lifestyle without need of a car." Based on the lack of safe bicycle access to the site and occupant types, the amount of bicycle storage may be reduced from the recommended 15% noted in the LBC 3.1 Place Petal Handbook (page 37, "Bike Storage" Clarification). Instead of providing bike storage for 15% of occupants, you may demonstrate the ability to provide secure, weather-protected storage in the future so the project can accommodate a shift towards a more bicycle-friendly community. An example of this would be to designate or set aside an area that is secure and weather protected, though inclusion of bike racks would not be necessary if the current conditions are not conducive to cycling to/from the site. The I04-2 Mobility Plan should reflect your approach to this Imperative and explain your efforts to support human-powered living.

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