The SFMTA installs racks for short-term bike parking (under two hours) in the public right-of-way (on the sidewalk or in the parking lane) by request, at no charge. The SFMTA does not install racks on private property, in front of exclusively residential buildings or for purposes of longer-term bike storage. Only requests for locations where the SFMTA Bicycle Parking Guidelines can be met will be fulfilled. The Guidelines and Bike Parking Brochure include important information regarding SFMTA bike parking policies and procedures.
To request the installation of a new bicycle rack location on the sidewalk please visit the 311 self-service website*:
To report a damaged, or stolen bike rack/bike corral, use the link below:
*You can also Call 311 or 415.701.2311 (for calls outside of San Francisco) for requests or reports.
The SFMTA installs bicycle racks on the sidewalk for short-term parking in the public right-of-way. If you would like to make a bicycle rack request, please review the Bicycle Rack Specifications and Sidewalk Bicycle Rack Placement Guidelines.
For information about long-term bike parking, specifically at San Francisco office buildings, please refer to the Employee Bike Access Bill passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2012. This bill requires owners of commercial buildings to either provide secure bicycle parking in buildings or to allow the tenants to bring their bicycles into the building.
On-street bicycle parking corrals are bicycle racks placed in the parking lane on the roadway where short-term demand for bike parking is higher than can be accommodated on the sidewalk. Approximately 8-12 bikes can be parked in one car space—making bike corrals a comparatively efficient use of roadway space. Any business desiring a corral should carefully review the Bike Corral Standards and Application.
The SFMTA is currently installing bicycle parking facilities thanks to funding by: