Pilot-Credits PC30: Alternative Transportation

  • Primarily for larger multifamily projects

    Efforts to reduce vehicle miles traveled, via encouraging bicycling and other forms of alternative transportation, are rewarded by USGBC in the commercial LEED rating sys-tems. This credit is primarily appropriate for larger multifamily projects.  Carbon emissions associated with private vehicle travel is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and around the globe.

    Additional Questions

    • Did the project team meet this credit in more than one way? If so, which options were met, and why did the project team choose to submit one as the primary path for credit achievement?

    Credit Submittals


    1. Register for Pilot Credit(s) here.
    2. Register a username at LEEDuser.com, and participate in online forum
    3. Submit feedback survey; supply PDF of your survey/confirmation of completion with credit documentation

    Credit Specific

    • Option 1: Provide calculation showing the number of occupants compared to the number of bicycle storage spots & photographs that adequate covered, secured bicycle storage spots were installed
    • Option 2: Provide calculation showing  the number of occupants compared to the alternative vehicle parking capacity & photographs or drawings of the preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. spots installed, OR
    • Option 2: Provide information on minimum local zoning requirements for parking and documentation that parking provided does not exceed local zoning requirements, OR
    • Option 2: Provide pictures of the site demonstrating that no new parking spaces were provided.
  • LL Pilot Credit 30: Bicycle Network and Storage


    To reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.

    Pilot Credit Closed

    This pilot credit was closed to new pilot credit registrations on 3/1/2015. It is now available in the LEED Innovation Catalog for ongoing use by project teams as an innovation point rather than a pilot credit.


    Meet both of the following requirements:

    Bicycle network

    Design or locate the project such that the building entrance and/or bicycle storage is within a 200-yard walk distance from at least one of the following:

    1. An existing bicycle network that connects to a school or employment center within 3 miles bicycling distance from the project boundary; or
    2. An existing bicycle network that connects to at least 10 community resources within 2 miles bicycling distance from the project boundary.

    If the requirements border the project boundary, a safe, all-weather route must exist between the bicycle network and the project’s bicycle storage and/or main


    Planned and funded bicycle trails or lanes may be counted if they are funded and designated for completion within the fiscal year that the constructing organization finalizes the plans.

    Bicycle Storage

    Provide at least one secure, enclosed bicycle storage space per occupant for 25% of all building occupants. Expect 2 persons for a studio or 1-bedroom apartment, with one additional person per additional bedroom.

    Bicycle storage areas must be locked, located under roof and easily accessible to residents. For multi-family buildings with more than 10 units, provide informational signage on using the storage facilities. Bicycle storage capacity may not be double counted; storage that is fully allocated to the occupants of non-project facilities cannot also serve project occupants.

    A single family dwelling unit with enclosed garage meets the bicycle storage requirement.

    General Pilot Documentation Requirements

    Register for the pilot credit

    Credits 1-14

    Credits 15-27

    Credits 28-42

    Credits 43-56

    Credits 57-67

    Credits 68-82

    Credits 83-103

    LEED for Homes Review Process

    LEED for Homes projects: When complete, submit documentation here.

    Credit Specific:
    • Provide calculation showing the number of occupants compared to the number of bicycle storage spots
    • Provide map demonstrating that the project complies is within 3 miles of a school or employment center or within 2 miles of 10 community resources, and that the route is bicycle friendly
    • Green rater visually verifies that an adequate number of bicycle storage spots that are located in a locked and under roof areaRoof area is the area of the uppermost surface of the building which covers enclosed Gross Floor Area, as measured when projected onto a flat, horizontal surface (i.e. as seen in Roof Plan view). ‘Roofs’, or portions of roofs, covering unenclosed areas (e.g. roofs over porches and open covered parking structures) are not included in the areas used to evaluate compliance with SSc7.2, though they may be applicable to SSc7.1. are present
    Additional Questions
    • Did the project team meet this credit in more than one way? If so, which options were met, and why did the project team choose to submit one as the primary path for credit achievement?
    • Changes made 2/18/2011:

      Removed Mid-rise eligibility because a similar credit is available in LEED for Homes Mid-Rise.
    • Changes made for 2nd Public Comment (08/01/2011):

      Removed Option 2: Parking Capacity / Low Emitting and Fuel-Efficient VehiclesFuel-efficient vehicles have achieved a minimum green score of 40 according to the annual vehicle-rating guide of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

      Included pathway for single-family housing

      Included requirements for bicycle network


LEED Pilot Credit Library

The homepage for the LEED Pilot Credit Library. The LEED Pilot Credit Library is intended to facilitate the introduction of new prerequisites and credits to LEED. This process will allow USGBC to test and refine credits through LEED 2009 project evaluations before they are sent through the balloting process for introduction into LEED.


Foundations of LEED

Background for the LEED Pilot Credit Library is provided in this foundational document.


Chris Wittig
Nov 15 2013
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Eligibility for bicycle network

We recently completed a single family custom home in Kailua, Hawaii, fortunately this town promotes a great bicycle network and for this particular project it was easy to comply with the requirements. Given this town is quite small but very accessible via bicycle, this credit was more of an opportunity for us to educate the homeowner on the importance of alternative transportation and taking advantage of the bicycle 'networkability' in Kailua. There are secure storage locations all of the town, at the beach parks and even at restaurants, bars and stores. Without this it would be very hard to qualify for this credit and I suspect that most towns aren't this advanced. Kailua is already overly congested from tourism so bicycling is actually a quicker form of transportation when travelling around town... takes 1/3 the time of driving... case and point!

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Vanessa Cardona Senior Sustainability Consultant Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Aug 05 2013
LEEDuser Member
31 Thumbs Up

Bicycle Network

For projects not located in urban areas, has anyone had difficulty identifying streets or finding maps with bicycle lanes indicated? It seems like this information is easy to access in major cities but may not be readily available in other areas

Candace Small Architect, VOA Aug 20 2013 Guest 265 Thumbs Up

Try calling the chamber of commerce or city hall. I have also had luck using Google Earth.

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Nate Steeber Project Manager, Sustainability Sol design + consulting
Jan 10 2013
321 Thumbs Up

Bicycle Network

I guess there are a few clarifications necessary for me to see if the project meets. It says that 'Homes' is an applicable rating system - does this apply to single family - I would assume yes. What constitutes a bicycle network? I've looked up the area that my project is located in, and there are defined trails, as well as defined bike lanes on some roads. Other roads have been classified as 'bike friendly' does that count as being a part of the network. There are a number of roads/paths in the area, but they are not completely connected (i.e. there are some holes in the path that make in incomplete)? Also, the home I speak of is at the end of a cul-de-sac, and there obviously isn't a bike path connecting the home to the main road (less than 1/8 mile away) which has a dedicated bike lane. Does that mean this project is automatically disqualified?

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Jon Texter President Essex General Construction, Inc.
Jun 14 2012
380 Thumbs Up

Access to a Bicycle Network

Has anyone had problems with access to a bicycle network? We are currently working on a project in Eugene, OR where there is a very extensive network of bike trails/paths. I'm just wondering if this is normal for other cities.

Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Sep 04 2012 LEEDuser Moderator

Jon, I think it's all over the map. Here in the Northeast, some cities would be well-qualified, and some wouldn't.

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Jon Holway
Dec 13 2011
106 Thumbs Up

Pilot Credit 30: No new parking

Where as multi-family apartment buildings need zoning required parking, as designers of senior independent living facilities, we have found that most municipalities will modify there zoning requirement or provide a variance for senior low and mid-rise projects.

Susan Walter Specifications Director, Populous Dec 13 2011 LEEDuser Expert 22947 Thumbs Up

Jon, You bring up an interesting point about which LEED program this pilot credit applies to. LEED HC will be the program for most senior living facilities. Are most seniors not driving due to personal physical issues or because they have been encouraged to use mass transportation provided at the living facility? Is this pilot credit a good fit in HC?

Jon Holway Dec 13 2011 Guest 106 Thumbs Up

My comment would apply to residential independant living apartments. Health Care facilities very well may have different zoning/parking requirements.

Gary Hansen Mar 08 2015 Guest 52 Thumbs Up

We have built an new retail/apartment complex next to an existing site and no new parking has been added to meet the option in this credit. I am trying to figure out how to submit this to get the credit now.

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