Did you know the City of Houston allows for a parking reduction in exchange for bike parking?

In Houston, civil engineers can leverage a unique opportunity to balance parking requirements and promote sustainable transportation through Section 26-497 of the city’s code. This provision allows developers to trade additional bicycle spaces for a reduction in required parking spaces, offering a solution for both feasibility and urban mobility.

For every 4 additional bicycle spaces provided beyond the minimum requirements, developers receive a reduction of one parking space, up to a maximum of 10% of the total required parking spaces. This incentivizes the integration of bike parking infrastructure into development projects without compromising parking availability.

The policy applies to various use classifications, excluding single-family residential developments, and encourages design solutions that prioritize sustainability. By adhering to the standards outlined in the city code, civil engineers can help clients meet regulatory requirements while contributing to Houston’s broader goals of reducing traffic congestion and promoting active transportation.

Houston’s parking reduction policy signals a shift towards more sustainable and livable communities, offering opportunities for engineers and developers to embrace innovation in urban development.

Houston, Texas, Code of Ordinances – Part II: Code of Ordinances | Houston, TX | Municode Library URL:

For questions regarding Houston’s Parking Reduction Policy, contact:

Tyler Ray, PE

Partner, Practice Leader

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