Elm City Cycling, a biking advocacy group located in New Haven, recognized the need for ďa safe and convenient place to lock their bikes.Ē As a result, they proposed amending New Havenís Zoning Code to require developers to provide parking for bicycles whenever they were required to provide parking for 10 or more automobiles. Requiring developers to including bicycle parking will encourage residents and visitors in New Haven to travel throughout the city via bicycle thereby reducing the number of vehicle trips and congestion in the city. The City Plan Commission received feedback from Elm City Cycling encouraging the amendments to be rewritten to provide an option to substitute one bicycle parking space for one required motor vehicle parking space. This would allow the city to provide cyclists with safe parking and give developers an incentive to provide additional bicycle parking. During the amendment process New Haven leaders also discussed amendments that could encourage developers to have parking spots for car-poolers or for car-sharing services like ZipCar, as well as regulations that could encourage developers to put in showers for bike commuters. The Deputy Director of Zoning also explored the possibility of creating amendments that would be more similar to the Parking and Loading Ordinances of Portland Oregon. The required bicycle parking is divided into short term and long term parking, based on how the land in being used. Short term parking must be within 50 feet of the main building entrance, which insures safety and security for the bicycle rider and their bicycles. Long term parking must be within 100 feet of the structure, must be locked or secured, and at least 50% of the available spaces must be covered.