Do you need secure cycle parking near you?
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 03:34pm 21 May 2013
- Posted in: Blog
- Tagged with: cycle parking, bike hangers
Since our original story about Bikehangars in Lambeth (see article below), many of you have told us that you would like to see Bikehangars in the street where you live or work. With more councils taking an interest in the scheme we want to know where you think they should be placed.
Tell us where you want secure bike parking
As well as installing 27 of its secure residential 'Bikehangars' in the London Borough of Lambeth, cycle parking pioneers Cyclehoop now has five more local councils ready to follow suit - Camden, Hackney, Haringey, Lewisham and Southwark - with another 30 bikehangars being installed in coming weeks.
Bikehangars are installed on the public highway, and each one can store six bicycles in half the space used to park a single car.
The storage units look similar to fietshangar designs seen in many Dutch towns and cities (see the photo from Rotterdam below), but the British versions come with an ingenious web-management portal, making it easy for local councils to allocate the spaces.
Cyclehoop managing director Anthony Lau said, "Our Bikehangers are installed fully managed, which means local residents can search for a space near them using our online rental portal, while councils love the fact that they don't have to worry about managing them.
"For just £42 per year, plus a key deposit, individuals receive 24-hour access to secure cycle storage near their home."
Many residents in London cite lack of space in their home and insecure on-street parking as reasons for not owning a bicycle.
Chris Woods, a Lambeth resident said, “I've been using the Bikehangar daily, and love it. Strangers stop me in the street to ask how they might get a place too. I'm sure we could manage another six hangars in our square alone.”
Lambeth Council leads the way
Lambeth Council was the first to trial these secure bike lockers at locations in Bonnington Square and Crimsworth Road.
Cycle Parking Programme Manager Eric Duvall said, "They were an instant hit with residents and feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
"All of the spaces were filled within a short period of time and we are currently working on installing more at both locations to meet this encouraging demand."
The council has now installed 29 'Lambeth bike hangers', creating 174 secure cycle parking spaces in an area of high-density housing in Vauxhall that's less than one square mile.
It expects more to follow...