Traffic: Space – as trivial as it may sound – is the most important factor for cyclists in shopping streets. This means more space for moving and more space for parking.
Pedestrian areas: Cyclists should reach pedestrian areas (in Germany shopping mostly takes place there) safely and comfortably. City centres around pedestrian zones are often overcharged by many interests. Space for cyclists is rarely a dominant issue and therefore shopping by bike is not very attractive. Since cyclists and pedestrians usually share availible place, pedestrian areas should be opened for bikes at least before and after rush hours. If pedestrian areas cannot be opened for cyclists at all, bicycle racks should be offered at the entries of the pedestrian area.
Bicyle lanes: On roads with an average level of motorised traffic cycle lanes should be installed. A cycle track on the sidewalk is not a good solution for streets with a high number of pedestrians since many conflicts are to be expected. Furthermore cyclists should better show themselves on the streets than to cycle on the sidewalk. Car drivers tend to overlook cyclists while turning off. Cycle lanes should have a minimum width of 1.50 meters.
Parking: Space is usually limited, it has to be used efficiently with the installation of bicycle racks. Well distributed parking possibilities for bikes avoid bottleneck situations. Depending on the width of the pavement, bicycle racks can be parallel, diagonal, or even vertical to the lane. If there are parking lots for cars, some of them should be converted to parking spaces for bicycles. Instead space for one car this gives room for about eight to ten bicycles.