Mobility, whether on two wheels, four wheels, or more, is on the minds of multifamily developers and designers, according to a recent survey of 215 architects, designers, builders, and developers in the U.S./Canada multifamily construction sector, by Multifamily Design + Construction, a BD+C sister publication.
The need of bicyclists for secure storage is being met by two-thirds of respondents (66.5%); about one-third (31.7%) are providing repair and maintenance services in so-called “bicycle kitchens,” while one-fifth (20.4%) said they’re offering bike sharing. A similar cluster (19.0%) said they’re providing car-share services (e.g., Zipcar).
A remarkable number of respondents (17.6%) said they have created waiting areas for shared-rise services (Uber, Lyft), but these may just lobbies or other weather-protected areas.
A substantial group, about two-fifths (39.4%), have built “within a short walk” of bus or rail transit.
Look for the full report in the Fall (October) issue of Multifamily Design+Construction.
Mobility amenities in multifamily developments:
Bicycle Storage (secured): 66.5%
Electric Vehicle Charging Station: 42.0%
Transit Access: 39.4%
Bicycle Repair/Maintenance: 31.7%
Bicycle Sharing: 20.4%
Source: Multifamily Design + Construction Reader Survey, June-July 2017