Charleston police to begin enforcing new bicycle parking ordinance on Nov. 15

One of the city’s ‘corrals’ for parking bicycles on King Street -- instead of locking them to parking meters and to lamp posts.

On Nov. 15, Charleston Police will begin enforcing a new bicycle parking ordinance.

The ordinance prohibits parking or locking a bicycle to street trees, street lights, stop signs, meters and other objects on the sidewalk of King Street between Spring and Calhoun streets.

City officials have said the law is designed to clean up clutter along King Street and create a easier, safer right-of-way for pedestrians.

Bicycles parked in violation of this ordinance will be removed and transported to the Charleston Police Department, police spokesman Charles Francis said. A storage fee of $45 will be required to recover a bicycle removed under the ordinance, he said.

The city has installed over 100 public bike parking spaces, including five new bike corrals, on King Street between Calhoun Street and Spring Street to accommodate public bicycle parking in a safe and convenient manner, Francis said.