It’s time to step up and meet the demand for more cycle parking. As the nation learns to live with restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, more people are getting on their bikes. The need for an infrastructure which supports this shift in approach to transportation has never been more pressing. A £3.5m funding announcement from Transport for London (TfL) to build thousands of new cycle parking spaces in 2021 is fantastic news. Thirty London boroughs will receive a share of the money to create 7,800 new cycle spaces across the capital as more people choose to . However providing sufficient, high-quality cycle parking is not just an issue affecting London of course. Campaign group Cycling UK says there’s hardly a destination where cycle parking isn’t necessary. “The importance of well designed, high quality and convenient cycle parking must never be underestimated,” it said. “It affects the chances of a bike being stolen or damaged and it can even influence someone’s decision to cycle in the first place. “Lampposts, railings or gutter pipes just aren’t good enough.” And at Broxap we couldn’t agree more. With 75 years of experience in designing, manufacturing and installing street furniture, we are a market leader in the supply of innovative cycle parking solutions. From listening to the concerns of cyclists, there are at least six key considerations we give to every design because cycle parking is about more than just finding a free space.
While cycle hubs and compounds themselves should be secure, there should also be provision for locking the cycles. Ideally the frame together with a wheel should be locked to a stand. Finding a good lock is essential for cyclists – as is researching the best locations to keep it safe. Long stay parking in particular should be enclosed, with robust anti-theft measures in place while the stands should support a bike without damaging it. At Broxap our security measures range from automated swipe card access to heavy duty combination locks. We address this in our FAQs.
Size matters. There should always be enough space for users to access the stands with their bikes. Lockers, compounds and hubs should accommodate the footprint of a cyclist wheeling their bike, as well as factor in issues such as luggage, child seats and trailer cycles. The Broxap cycle parking guide is a great place to start when planning a parking scheme.
A lack of cycle parking provision is one of the biggest barriers to cycling. Cycle parking should cater for existing and future demand, as once storage and stands are made available, more people are likely to make use of it. Where space is at a premium, two-tier cycle storage should be considered. To cater for all types of cyclists and cycles, Broxap has designed a Easi-Riser solution which incorporates both the popular Sheffield (inverted U) stands and upper-level racks.
Cycle parking should be easy to find and well signed. This not only encourages use but helps to enhance security. As well as being situated in an obvious, prominent place which gives people an incentive to use it, consider CCTV as well as ‘natural surveillance’ from being overlooked. Working with TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester), Broxap produced a series of secure cycle hubs badged up with the scheme’s high recognisable branding.
Cycle parking should be hazard-free and at ground level, situated as close as possible to the entrance of the final destination. It should be possible to cycle up to it, with walking kept to a minimum. Lighting should also be considered and designs should be open and attractive. Cycle parking areas should be clean and well-maintained. The design and build service offered by Broxap works with clients to develop projects which meet individual requirements such as enhanced accessibility.
As well as workplace and residential cycle parking, parking can link other services such as rail and bus stations, tourism and leisure sites, retail parks and shopping areas. Parking should be consistently available, with long and short-term parking options. Covered parking is always attractive, providing protection from the weather, and it should be linked to on and off-road cycle routes. Over the years, Broxap has developed a varied and comprehensive catalogue of cycle parking products. We continually work to find new ways to improve the customer experience.
Broxap can offer a wide range of support beyond these key considerations, such as providing lockers and site entrance improvements. To get the maximum value out of any investment it ultimately needs to be used so ensuring it is fit for purpose from the start is essential. For a free consultation to discuss your cycle parking, storage and shelter needs, get in touch today.