BREEAM Cyclist Facilities
 Aim and benefits
Aim is to encourage building users to cycle by ensuring adequate provision of cyclist facilities.
Building users are more likely to use their bikes when safe, comfortable and accessible facilities are provided. They can lock their bike up safely in an area which will keep it dry. Shower and changing facilities are beneficial for those who travel a far distance and lockers keep the work areas free of helmets and bags. The number of bike racks needs to be related to the number of buildings users as if there are not enough spaces people will be discouraged.
 When to consider
Provision of cyclist facilities should be considered from Stage 1.
Cyclist facilities have implications on the internal and external areas of the building, requiring input from almost all members of the design team. What is to be provided must be considered from the beginning to ensure appropriate provision is made.
Once construction has started changes cannot be made.
 Step by step guidance
Firstly the number of building users should be determined, the number of cycle spaces or facilities required is dependent on this.
Generally, for buildings with less than 500 building users BREEAM requires 1 cycle space per 10 people. Schools, hospitals and other buildings have a variation on this. Where buildings have more than 500 uses the ratio changes. For between 500 and 1000 users it is 1 per 15 people and for greater than 1000 people it is 1 per 20 people.
The Architect or Landscape Architect will design the storage area and bicycle racks. There is a compliance note detailing how the storage space can comply. The architect should be made aware of this to ensure all requirements are met. The electrical engineer will need to input as the lighting must be complaint with BS 5489-1:2003+A2:2008 Lighting of roads and public amenity areas.
The team should decide if the second cyclist facilities credit is to be sought.
The other facilities required for the second credit are either showers, a drying space or a changing area with lockers.
Generally, a shower is required for every 10 cycle spaces with a maximum of 8 showers needed. Male and female showers should be available split 50:50. Note that disabled toilets with a shower do not count see Knowledgebase KBCN00050. Schools have a different requirement. There is a compliance note outlining how showers comply. The Architect and Building Services Engineers should be made aware of the requirements.
A drying space should be a designated room with appropriate heating and ventilation to ensure drying takes place. There is a compliance note on drying space. The Building Services Engineers will need to ensure the space will allow drying.
Where changing areas are to be provided they should be of a size appropriate to the number of expected users. There should be a locker per cycle space, again spilt 50:50 between male and female areas. The lockers should be of a size which allows the user to store their helmet, full change of clothes, towel etc. 2008 BREEAM guidance was each locker is at least 900mm X 300mm X 450mm. Handy to have some idea of what is acceptable.
A toilet area/cubicle does not count as a changing space. The changing rooms should be easily accessed from the cycle storage. There is a compliance note on the changing areas. The Architect and Building Services Engineer will need to know the requirements.
 Questions to ask while seeking compliance
What is the number of building users? Are there enough facilities to be compliant?
 Tips and best practice
Remind the team the storage area must be covered.
The storage area must be in view of the building, this is to ensure building users are aware it is there. If it can’t be obvious, signage should be provided directing them to it see KBCN00053.
Toilets can’t be also counted as showers.
 Typical evidence
Design drawings and the specification extracts should demonstrate to the assessor all the requirements for the design stage assessment. The number of buildings users may need to be noted on a drawing.
Post construction assessment requires inspection by the assessor, almost all aspects can be confirmed by the assessor. As built drawings or confirmation from the design team may be needed in regards to the heating and ventilation and the lighting.
 Applicable Schemes
The guidelines collated in this ISD aim to support sustainable best practice in the topic described. This issue may apply in multiple BREEAM schemes covering different stages in the life of a building, different building types and different year versions. Some content may be generic but scheme nuances should also be taken into account. Refer to the comments below and related articles to this one to understand these nuances. See this document for further guidelines.
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--Emma Houston 11:15, 18 Jan 2018 (BST)
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- BREEAM Sustainability champion
- BREEAM Environmental management
- BREEAM Considerate construction
- BREEAM Monitoring of construction site impacts
- BREEAM Aftercare support
- BREEAM Seasonal commissioning
- BREEAM Stakeholder consultation (ac)
- BREEAM Life cycle cost and service life planning (ac)
- BREEAM Commissioning (ac)
- BREEAM Handover (ac)
- BREEAM Inclusive and accessible design (ac)
- BREEAM Post occupancy evaluation (ac)
 Health and Wellbeing
- BREEAM Visual comfort Daylighting (partly ac)
- BREEAM Visual comfort View out
- BREEAM Visual comfort Glare control
- BREEAM Indoor air quality plan
- BREEAM Indoor air quality Ventilation
- BREEAM Thermal comfort
- BREEAM Internal and external lighting (ac)
- BREEAM Indoor pollutants VOCs (ac)
- BREEAM Potential for natural ventilation (ac)
- BREEAM Safe containment in laboratories (ac)
- BREEAM Acoustic performance (ac)
- BREEAM Safety and security (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of energy use and carbon emissions
- BREEAM Energy monitoring
- BREEAM External lighting (ac)
- BREEAM Low carbon design
- BREEAM Passive design
- BREEAM Free cooling
- BREEAM LZC technologies
- BREEAM Energy efficient cold storage (partly ac)
- BREEAM Energy efficient transportation systems (ac)
- BREEAM Energy efficient laboratory systems
- BREEAM Energy efficient equipment (partly ac)
- BREEAM Drying space
- BREEAM Public transport accessibility
- BREEAM Proximity to amenities (ac)
- BREEAM Cyclist facilities
- BREEAM Alternative modes of transport (ac)
- BREEAM Maximum car parking capacity
- BREEAM Travel plan
- BREEAM Home office (ac)
- BREEAM Water consumption
- BREEAM Water efficient equipment
- BREEAM Water monitoring (ac)
- BREEAM Water leak detection (ac)
- BREEAM Hard landscaping and boundary protection
- BREEAM Responsible sourcing of materials
- BREEAM Insulation
- BREEAM Designing for durability and resilience
- BREEAM Life cycle impacts (ac)
- BREEAM Material efficiency (ac)
- BREEAM Construction waste management
- BREEAM Recycled aggregates
- BREEAM Speculative floor & ceiling finishes
- BREEAM Adaptation to climate change
- BREEAM Operational waste (ac)
- BREEAM Functional adaptability (ac)
 Land Use and Ecology
- BREEAM Site Selection
- BREEAM Ecological value of site
- BREEAM Protection of ecological features
- BREEAM Minimising impact on existing site ecology
- BREEAM Enhancing site ecology
- BREEAM Long term impact on biodiversity (ac)
- BREEAM Impact of refrigerants
- BREEAM NOx emissions
- BREEAM Flood risk management (ac)
- BREEAM Surface water run-off (ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of night time light pollution (partly ac)
- BREEAM Reduction of noise pollution
Once an ISD has been initially created the '(ac)' marker can be removed
This particular index is based around the structure of the New Construction and RFO schemes.