Convenient: Racks should be no more than 15m/50ft from the entrance of destinations. Racks that are located further away will often be ignored in favour of nearby fixed objects like trees or street furniture. Locations that require cyclists to carry bikes over stairs should be avoided.
Efficient: Racks should be oriented to maximize their efficiency. There must be sufficient clearance from curb edges and building walls to allow bicycles to be parked on either side of the rack.
Unobtrusive: Parked bikes and bike racks should be out of pedestrian flow. Racks should be aligned to keep obstructions away from pedestrians.
Visible: Placing racks in a visible area, like in front of windows or on busy sidewalks, minimizes opportunities for bike theft. Visible bicycle parking also promotes cycling while signage is helpful in directing cyclists to racks and other facilities
Covered: Weather protection is desirable but often not critical. Building overhangs, canopies or other features can be employed to provide weather protection.