May 2022

Bike parking [public]

This page refers only to bike parking for leaving your bike temporarily, e.g. when shopping, visiting, etc.  It mainly covers public onstreet parking, although other parking provided for the public (e.g. by a shop) is shown where known.   For information on bike storage – i.e. secure overnight storage, see our bike storage page.

Edinburgh Council has installed a large amount of bike parking round the city.  This is mainly of two types.  Where possible, the Edinburgh rack, which is a Sheffield rack with an added horizontal bar.  Where space is restricted, the lamppost cyclehoop is used.

To suggest additional locations


The Council installs new bike parking in batches, rather than bit by bit.   It assesses suggestions received and if appropriate puts them on a waiting list until the next batch of installations.

To find existing locations
  • Edinburgh Council atlas    Covers Edinburgh Council area
    • Click transport : cycle facilities : cycle parking
    • Note that the atlas has a huge amount of other data.  For example by ticking the appropriate boxes you can find which cycleroutes are near ancient woodlands, which public bike parking is near public CCTV, which council wards are in which Holyrood constituences, and so on and on ….
  • OpenStreetMap   Covers UK – and the world! – relying on volunteers to keep it updated
    • Bike parking with more than 20 spaces is shown as a blue square with letter ‘C’ and the number of spaces.  If less than 20 spaces, it is shown as a small blue square.   Obviously this map can also be used to check on bike parking availability outside Edinburgh, anywhere in the UK.
    • If you can’t see cycle facilities, click the icon on the right which looks like a paper stack, then click Cycle Map.
    • To add or correct info on the map, click the speech bubble on the right.  A marker on the map, and a comment box, will appear.  Move the marker to the place where you wish to comment, then enter your comment in the box, then click Add Note.