Ken Livingstone backs call for more bike parking

7th June 2005

LONDON’S companies and organisations are being urged by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to capitalise on the boom in cycling by providing proper cycle parking facilities.

The Mayor was speaking at a unique cycle parking conference organised by  the London Cycling Campaign at City Hall in partnership with Transport for London and the Mayor of London, with sponsorship from BikeAway.

The Mayor said: 'Cycling in London is becoming safer, more convenient and increasingly popular. In contrast to a UK decline in cycling, London has seen a 40 per cent increase in since 2001 and we are on track to seeing a target  80 per cent increase by 2010.

Retailers and other businesses can capitalise on this by responding to customer and employee demand for more cycle parking and other facilities. I will continue to use my planning powers to ensure that all major developments adequately cater for cycle parking.'

Mr Livingstone’s comments at The Profit Cycle – Making Bike Parking Work for You conference on the 7th of June 2005 – came as companies, planners and cycle parking experts discussed how best to provide cycle parking. Representatives from supermarkets, high street shops and developers were among the delegates at the conference.

Simon Brammer,  LCC director, said companies had a tremendous opportunity to attract new customers by offering well-designed and prominent cycle parking. He told delegates: “If you don’t capitalise on the growth of cycling somebody else will.” Brammer said that about a third of households in London own a bike and a top priority for those cycle users, he said, was more cycle parking.

Richard Evans, director  for  GSK of World Wide Real Estate in Europe, Middle East and Africa, told the conference of the benefits for business of encouraging employees to cycle. He said: “Do gooding? More a case of good business.” He said providing comprehensive facilities, including showers, lockers, incentives and parking, cost about  £400 a year, compared to the £2,000 annual outlay for a single car parking space.

Adrian Bell, senior project development manager at Transport for London, said London was aiming for a 200% increase in the numbers of cyclists by 2020. He said TfL was providing £433,000 for cycle parking in London’s boroughs this year and was also conducting research on how best to reduce theft.

Alex Sully, a consultant who has studied cycle parking design, said good cycle parking must be visible, accessible, easy to use and well-maintained.