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.
To reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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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!
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
Try calling the chamber of commerce or city hall. I have also had luck using Google Earth.
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?
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.
Jon, I think it's all over the map. Here in the Northeast, some cities would be well-qualified, and some wouldn't.
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.
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?
My comment would apply to residential independant living apartments. Health Care facilities very well may have different zoning/parking requirements.
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.
Details on what the LEED pilot credit library is and how to use it.
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