Bicycle Parking

NYC DOT provides free, short-term bike parking to keep our city moving. Bike racks may be installed on the sidewalk or in the roadway.

Please limit parking time on a rack to seven consecutive days or less to make room for your neighbors.

Bike Parking Map

Find bike parking locations on the Bicycle Racks Map and on NYC Open Data.

Suggest Bike Parking

We invite the public to suggest bike parking locations on the sidewalk or in the roadway.

Suggest a bike parking location

Bike parking in the roadway is a great solution for places where demand exceeds available sidewalk space. Bike parking in the roadway includes pavement markings and flexible posts.

A woman secures her bicycle on a round bike rack in the sidewalk
Bike rack on the sidewalk
A bike corral in Brooklyn, made up of multiple bike racks in the roadway next to the curb.
Bike parking in the roadway

Community Partners for Bike Parking in the Roadway

Community partners may also request more elements for roadway bike parking such as planters and seating. When additional elements are added, NYC DOT relies on partners to report issues or damage, and maintain planters if they are present.

Interested in being a community partner? Submit your information below and we will contact you.

Community Partner Information

Report a Bike Rack Issue

NYC DOT maintains, repairs, and replaces damaged bike racks.

Report a damaged bike rack via NYC 311

Abandoned Bikes

The City defines an abandoned bike as a usable bike that is locked to a public bike rack for more than seven consecutive days.

Report an abandoned bike by selecting "Other" on our webform

NYC DOT will tag bikes that appear abandoned. If a tag remains on a bike for longer than seven days, NYPD, NYC DOT, or designated representatives have the authority to remove and confiscate that bike. The local NYPD precinct will store the bike for 30 days before moving it to the NYPD Property Clerk. Bike owners will be responsible for retrieving their bikes from the NYPD.

A red bike attached to a bike rack has an orange tag on the handlebars that says the bike appears to be abandoned
Tagged abandoned bike

Derelict Bikes

Derelict bikes must meet certain criteria before they can be removed by the NYC Department of Sanitation.

For a bike to be considered derelict, it must have two or more of the following characteristics:

  • bike appears to be crushed or not otherwise usable
  • bike is missing essential parts, such as handlebars, one or more pedals, rear wheel, or bike chain
  • handlebars, pedals, spokes, frames, or rims are damaged or bent
  • 50% or more of the bike is rusted, including parts like the frame, handlebars, and pedals, as well as the bike chain attaching it to public property

Report a derelict bike to NYC 311

Two derelict or unusable bikes attached to a bike rack.
Derelict bikes

Items Other than Bikes

NYPD is responsible for removing personal property locked to bike racks.

Report items other than bikes locked to public property to the local NYPD precinct

Other Bike Parking Options

Bike Parking Shelters

NYC has bicycle parking shelters around the City. Each shelter contains four bike racks.

Bicycle parking shelter with bikes attached to the racks
Bike Parking Shelter

Bikes in Buildings

NYC’s Bikes in Buildings law provides a process for tenants of commercial office buildings with a freight elevator to request bicycle access to their workspaces.