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Over the past decade there has been a significant rise in the amount of people who are completing an extreme commute. An extreme commute involves travelling for more than two hours per day. In order to get to and from your place of work. In 2010, the number of extreme commuters was at 2.8 million. Today, just seven years later, that number has risen to 3.7 million. This is a massive increase of almost one million people. This increase has come, as many people are choosing to live outside of big cities, such as London or Cardiff and travel in for work. Not only has this increase in commuters caused more traffic on both motorways and carriageways, it has also caused a dramatic increase in the amount of people who use public transport, such as trains.
An increased use of trains, means that there is an abundance of people arriving at train stations via bicycle. Whilst this is great for both the environment and public health, many commuters are finding it impossible to board trains with their bikes. This leaves them unsure of where to store their bikes. And that is where Broxap come in.
As more people use the train to commute to work, there has been in increased amount of congestion surrounding train stations across the country. This, combined with a lack of parking spaces, and high parking fees, has led to more commuters cycling, rather than driving to and from their local train station.
This is where the rise of cycle parking comes in. Many public transport hubs including airports, bus and railway stations have begun installing cycle parking in order to meet public demand for safe and secure spaces to store their bikes. At Broxap we have a range of bespoke solutions suitable for every railway station. A recent project which Broxap completed for Virgin Trains, saw us install a number of different cycle parking solutions at a selection of busy West Coast Mainline Stations. These stations include popular commuter stations including both Crew and Stafford. Various different cycle storage facilities were provided including a bespoke under stair storage facility at Stafford Station. This was installed in order to optimise available space and minimise the disruption of platform or outdoor facilities.
These cycle storage facilities allow for commuters to lock away their bike safely and securely. Cycle parking provides a sheltered area away from the elements to minimise weather damage. It provides a secure facility so that they can rest easy in the knowledge that their bike will still be there when they return for it, ready for the ride home.
Though some commuters do chose to leave their bike locked away in a cycle parking facility. Some also choose to use their bike for the entire commute. This means that they take advantage of the fact that British train companies often do not charge for boarding a train with a bicycle. This means that once they have exited the train, they can use their bike to get to their workplace without relying on tubes, busses or taxis. This can save both time and money and for many is a great option. However, this means that they then require cycle storage when they get to work.
Broxap have installed various different cycle parking facilities in many different businesses across the UK. One of our most memorable projects saw us install a bespoke ‘Blox Cycle Shelter’ at Tata Technologies in Warwickshire. This was installed to provide a safe and secure space to house staff bikes. The interesting timber design ensured that the modern structure complemented the natural aesthetic which surrounded the building.
By installing this type of cycle storage at your workplace you can reduce your carbon footprint. You can also provide those ‘extreme commuters’ a safe and secure space to store their bikes. Therefore giving them incentive to use a combination cycle and train commute rather than using private motor vehicles.