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The number of passenger cars in use worldwide in 2015 was measured at approximately 947 million in 2015. This was an increase of 17.15% compared to 2011, which itself saw an increase of 12.75% in the four years previous. Should this trend continue, there could easily be upwards of 1.1 billion passenger cars in use worldwide in 2019.
Clearly, the car is still by far the most used transport for all trip types. Furthermore, cyclists are frequently at a disadvantage due to a societal bias towards drivers! Without cycle parking presenting a viable option for commuters, students and holiday makers, there’s little hope of reversing the trend.
Therefore, it’s important that cycling as a transport alternative is both accessible and convenient; it must also be adaptable and responsive to a range of different environments. To do this, we must see commercial bike racks elevate their profile…
You might have noticed that more and more businesses, train stations and universities are increasing their cycle parking provisions. When they do this, many are turning to two tier bike racks to save space. It’s great that so many decision makers are rejecting the idea that simply because they’ve used up the dimensions available at ground level they’ve provided a satisfactory amount of bike storage!
However, two tier cycle parking requires adjustments in order to avoid excluding some users. Imagine making the effort to cycle to the station, only to find you’re not tall enough to use the bike storage!
To combat this, many two tier cycle parking systems use a gas-assisted ‘easy lift bike rack’. But that’s not the only option…
A two-tier bike rack with its unique, ground-level Sheffield Stand is Broxap’s answer to an inclusive, accessible transport alternative. For those unable to reach their bikes on the top-tier (due to height restrictions or the weight of the bikes itself) this approach means the cycle parking design suits more users.
If you’re considering employing space-saving bike rack solutions, take a look at our handy infographic on the structure of two tier cycle parking.
This type of parking is designed to create convenient and compact solutions for cyclists. It helps to promote and maintain bike usage, in conjunction with or as an alternative to public transport and vehicles.
Not only does this Broxap two-tier design aim to promote greener, more sustainable transport alternatives, the Sheffield Stand design doesn’t collect rubbish, unlike the normal parking troughs present within the lower tier. In fact they’re described as being ‘self-cleaning’. This simply means the bike racks help to keep the area a bit more aesthetically pleasing.
The accessibility of the Sheffield bike stand, as well as the space-saving, two-tier design of the cycle parking means it is perfect for a variety of locations; from railway stations and inner-city offices, school playgrounds and university campuses.
In summary, double decker or two tier cycle parking is the natural ‘next step’ for promoting sustainable travel across the country. However, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. So take a look at the options available and contact a cycle parking expert.