The cost of this credit is site-specific.
This credit requires projects to be located within walking or bicycling distance from a developed bicycle network. Outside of urban areas, the presence of bicycling networks is very site-specific, with cost and feasibility implications not quantifiable within the scope of this study.
Within urban areas, bicycle networks are more common, although still not a given. If there is a credit-compliant bicycle network that the project plans to connect to, the project may incur the cost of building a safe, dedicated bike path.
However, the cost of this connection is likely to be absorbed through other green space and pedestrian hardscape improvements, and simple programmatic expectations.
Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
In addition to bike racks, the cost of this credit is based on $/shower, $/sink (including plumbing), lockers, seating, square footage, and MEP requirements.
LEED v4 Changes
Note that LEED v4 has rewritten the calculations used to determine the number of bike racks and changing facilities required and has introduced the concepts of short- and long- term bike parking, while eliminating the concept of secure residential storage (though residential projects may still choose to provide enclosed storage).
There are no broad cost implications associated with these changes, but project teams should be aware of them and be able to make any appropriate adjustments as early as possible in design.
The availability of bicycle networks and facilities, particularly well-designed and attractive ones, is an alternative to conventional transportation and can reduce the need for parking.