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
Suggest Bike Parking
We invite the public to suggest bike parking locations on the sidewalk or in the roadway.
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.
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.
Report a Bike Rack Issue
NYC DOT maintains, repairs, and replaces damaged bike racks.
The City defines an abandoned bike as a usable bike that is locked to a public bike rack for more than seven consecutive days.
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.
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
Items Other than Bikes
NYPD is responsible for removing personal property locked to bike racks.
Other Bike Parking Options
Bike Parking Shelters
NYC has bicycle parking shelters around the City. Each shelter contains four bike racks.
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.