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For describing the type of bicycle parking. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: bicycles
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Documented values: 3
Useful combination
Status: de facto

The type of bicycle parking, always used together with amenity=bicycle_parking.


This tag is used for describing the type of bicycle parking. It is useful to describe the type of bicycle parking because many users (cyclists) may prefer to park at one style of parking than another, due to concerns related to security or risk of damaging their bicycle.

Key Value Element Comment Photo
bicycle_parking stands nodearea A bent piece of metal against which you can lean your entire bicycle. Makes it possible to lock the frame and a wheel to it. Rectangular stands are sometimes called "staple racks" in North America due to their shape, and "Sheffield stands" in the UK. Use this tag for non-rectangular stands as well (e.g. round ones, fancy artistic ones, long ones allowing to attach more than two vehicles). StandsImproved double-barred staples
bicycle_parking wall_loops nodearea Sometimes, but not always, attached to walls. Often referred to as "wheelbenders" by cyclists. Secures only the front wheel (or possibly back wheel), the front bit or lower bit. Note that the key feature of the "wall loop" style is not that the rack is mounted to a wall. Instead, the key definitional criterion is the use of narrow "slots" that stabilize both sides of a single bicycle wheel, without providing support to the bicycle frame. Many "Wall loop" bicycle racks are attached to the ground. Low security wheelbender style bicycle-parking wall-loop, in Fontaine 38600, France wall loops without the wheel bending. Fairly high stability, often placed diagonally to safe space in narrow streets. Fits normal tyres only. Disappearing for their lack of theft safety. An example of a common type of front-wheel-only bike stand in the Netherlands. No danger of wheel bending, with a loop for attaching a lock.Parc de Torrecremada de Dénia, aparcador de bicicletes.jpg
bicycle_parking rack nodearea A rack can hold several bicycles. As with wall_loops, often referred to as "wheelbenders" by cyclists. One type is a coathanger rack (pictured at top-right). This type of parking lacks side-support for the bicycle frame. In many cases difference between this bicycle parking type and bicycle_parking=wall_loops is very small, with some mappers preferring to use this more specific type. Bicycle RackBicycleParkingRings.jpg
bicycle_parking shed nodearea A custom-built closed shed in which many bikes can be stored, possibly with individual stands inside. Use supervised=* to indicate whether bikes are guarded. Alternatively, you can tag it with covered=yes and set the value of bicycle_parking=* to the type of bicycle parking that is inside. Consider using locked=* to specify if a key, card or other authentication device is needed to use the shed. Enclosed, lockable bicycle shelter, at a school in the West Midlands of England.
bicycle_parking bollard nodearea A special kind of bollard designed for bike locking. Generally, the bike is locked to the central pole and "arms" of some sort prevent thieves from simply lifting the bike over the pole. If it doubles as a barrier, add barrier=bollard. Ones with ring so big that it can be used to lean entire bicycle qualifies also for tagging as bicycle_parking=stands Bike bollards along a bike path in Toronto.Stand in O-form
bicycle_parking wide_stands nodearea A type of stand with a wide bent piece of metal against which you can lean your entire bicycle. It's wider than the stand described above : one can park bicycles on each side without handlebars standing in the way. It's usually longer than the regular stand. As there are two pieces of metal, there's more room to lock the bicycle. Note that this tag value appeared relatively recently and many people continue to use bicycle_parking=stands also for this type of stand. This value would be likely better as subtype stands=wide) or additional tag like long_stand=yes rather than attempting to redefine widely used tag. Wide stands (called "paperclips" in France)
bicycle_parking building nodearea Like shed, but with a proper building, which means that bicycles are protected from the elements. Use supervised=* to indicate whether bikes are guarded. Use opening_hours=* if applicable. Alternatively, if the bicycle parking is not part of another building, you can tag it with building=yes and set the value of bicycle_parking=* to the type of bicycle parking that is inside. Inside the Radstation in Münster. Karlsruhe Fahrradstation Süd
bicycle_parking lockers nodearea Parking takes the form of lockers which enclose bicycles fully and individually, typically secured with some form of key or combination system. Good security. Often used at train stations. Bicycle Lockers. At Dunfermline Town Railway Station.
bicycle_parking wave nodearea A single metal tube bent into multiple "loops", to which multiple bikes can be locked at a single point, perpendicular to the stand. Please, never use this value. Usage is low and it is recommended to use to utilize stands or racks or wall_loops value instead. Most bicycle parking is fortunately tagged using these other three values. When tagging, focus on whether the amenity's design facilitates the user attaching a bicycle by both wheel and frame (stands) or is small and suitable for attaching just the wheel (wall_loop). single metal tube bent into multiple large loops, similar to stands single metal tube bent into multiple small loops, similar to wall_loops single metal tube bent into multiple loops for bicycle to be supported perpendicular to the longest direction of the bicycle stand, similar to wall_loops
bicycle_parking anchors nodearea An anchor (a relatively small loop, through which a lock is threaded to park one's bicycle) hammered into a wall, the ground, or boulders----or mounted on a post or other structure..

It may refer to devices like https://www.panzerhü or

Anchor bicycle parking
bicycle_parking floor nodearea An area designated for the parking of bicycles (which may or may not be marked as such), but without any kind of racks/stands/etc. No security (but you may tag it with supervised=yes if applicable). Bicycles parked on the floorBicycles and kick scooter parked a marked placed on the floor
bicycle_parking safe_loops nodearea A modern variation of wall-loops. The bicycle is supported by an additional frame. Makes it possible to lock the frame and a wheel to it. A modern, improved variation of wall-loopsA modern, improved variation on both improved wall-loops and safe_gutter racks.Variation of safe loops where the front wheel is secured in a fork.
bicycle_parking ground_slots nodearea Slots in the ground for a wheel. No security. Bicycle ground slots.jpg


bicycle_parking handlebar_holder nodearea A metal structure with holders where the handlebar of a bicycle may be mounted in order to park the bicycle. The bicycle often has one or both wheels off the ground when parked. Bicycle parking of type handlebar holderParking à vélo guidon.jpg
bicycle_parking informal nodearea Notably large or well-used railings, fences, or other street furniture which nobody objects to having bikes chained to for short periods of time. Don't use for every railing or street sign, but only for long-ish runs used by lots of people. Judgement required! Bicycles locked to a railing
bicycle_parking two-tier nodearea A two-tier rack, where two bicycles can be stored above each other. Two-tier rack
bicycle_parking streetpod nodearea A combination of container and stand in which many bikes can be stored, the front wheel being encased to prevent removal. Good security. Use supervised=* to indicate whether bikes are guarded. partly enclosed, requires own bike lock.
bicycle_parking lean_and_stick nodearea A lean-to bracket with possibility to use a lock through eyelet. The seat tube can be held by the stand. The 'lean and stick' is differentiated from an 'anchor' by the inclusion of the bracket to clamp to the frame of the bike. Without that clamp or bracket, the amenity would be an anchor that happens to be mounted on a post. Bike-parking-lean&stick.jpg
bicycle_parking upright_stands nodearea Bicycle is parked / hanged in vertical position. Vertical Bike Parking Racks, Ferry Terminal.jpg
bicycle_parking tree nodearea A bicycle tree Bicycle Tree
bicycle_parking saddle_holder nodearea A bar where you place the tip of your saddle, lifting the rear wheel off the ground. saddle holder made out of metal

saddle holder made out of wood

bicycle_parking crossbar nodearea A bar attached to a wall and designed as a bike parking (for example, equipped with a sign). As a rule, separate places for bikes are not marked. Bicycle Crossbar
bicycle_parking rope nodearea Tense rope. Makes it possible to lock the frame and a wheel to it. Bicycle parking rope.jpg
bicycle_parking arcadia nodearea A stand which features two chains and the ability to lock the bike from the frame. Manufactured by a Finnish company Turvatec[1], it's a less common sight elsewhere. A stand with two chains
bicycle_parking log_with_slots nodearea A log with slots used as an improvised, antique-style parking lot (for example, in historical, archaeological parks). It does not protect bicycles from theft and only serves the function of orderly storage in a standing position under the supervision of the owner.
bicycle_parking user defined nodewayarea All commonly used values according to Taginfo / If the values listed above don't describe what you want to tag, feel free to make up your own values. But please document them here.

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