Bicycle Parking

General Parking Guidelines

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When parking your bicycle, be courteous. Use dedicated bicycle parking if available and be careful not to impede the mobility of other users.

Please use bike racks and other street amenities designed for the safekeeping of your bike in-lieu of damaging a vital part of our living urban environment.

If you bike to a location that does not have appropriate bicycle parking, consider letting the business owner or agency know.

Locking your bike when you leave it unattended helps reduce the likelihood of theft.

  • Research different types of bike locks and choose a lock that will deter theft and cannot be easily cut.
  • Make sure you are using your lock correctly.
  • Many bicycles are stolen out of yards or off porches. Ensure that you store your bike securely even at home.

Please refrain from locking your bike to a tree because bike locks and bikes can damage the tree. 

Please don’t lock your bike to a bus stop post. Bus operators use the posts to know where to stop. A locked bike can interfere with boarding and de-boarding of passengers.

Register your bike on Bike Index

If your bike is ever stolen, you’ll need all the details about your bike (to report it to the police) and a community of people to look out for it on online resales sites.

Bike Index is the world’s most effective bike registry, giving you a 5x better chance of getting your stolen bike back.  It’s free and easy.  Be sure to include your bike’s serial number (usually on the bottom of the frame), and multiple photos of your bike.

Register your bike on Bike Index

Bike Lockers at Transit Facilities

ST bike parkingPierce Transit: Pierce Transit bike lockers are a great way to keep your bike safe and secure if you decide to leave it behind when you catch the bus! For a $50 deposit and $10 per month rental fee, you can be sure your faithful friend will be there to greet you on your return, unaffected by rain, snow - or worse. Visit their website or call Pierce Transit at 253.581.8000 for details.

Sound Transit:  Sound Transit is accepting new applications for annual rentals for bike lockers and the cage program.  The cost is $50 a year, with lockers requiring $50 for the key deposit ($100 total). If you are interested in renting a locker or the cage please email stating your preferred location or station. Learn more about your bike parking options here.

Secure Bike Cages in Downtown Tacoma

Secure, covered bike parking is now available at three downtown locations! The rental fee is $8 per quarter or $25 per year.

Check out the bike cages at:

1) Tacoma Dome Station

Puyallup Ave & East G St, Tacoma
Lower level between the two garages.
This site is managed by Pierce Transit. Please download the rental agreement to start the process.

2) Pacific Plaza Parking Garage

1250 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
2nd floor (Enter on Commerce Street)

3) Park Plaza North Garage

923 Commerce St, Tacoma
5th Floor (near the sky bridge)
This site is managed by Downtown: On the Go!. Please download the waiver to start the process.

Bike Parking at Work

bike parking at workSome employers offer showers or bike parking facilities for employees. If you have questions about bicycle amenities available at your place of work, please contact your Employee Transportation Coordinator.

Want to encourage your employer to provide bike parking? In order to get people riding, people need the peace of mind knowing that their bike will be there waiting for them upon leaving their destination. Check out this guide to convince your employer to install secure bike parking.