The problem of where to keep your bike securely at home puts off many would-be cyclists but Lambeth’s innovative street bike hangars could be the answer.
Twenty seven ‘Lambeth Bike Hangars’ each holding six bikes are available to rent for less than a pound a week, transforming a part of South London between Oval and Stockwell into a mini-Holland and building on the borough’s long standing commitment to encouraging more people to cycle.
Cllr. Imogen Walker said: “Many residents in flats are put off owning a bike because they worry about it being stolen and don’t have the room to store it safely inside at night. The Lambeth Bike Hangars are a brilliant way to solve that problem. By helping more people get into cycling we can cut pollution and congestion and improve public health which makes Lambeth safer and greener for everyone.”
Eric Duval who’s running the scheme for Lambeth Council said: “ This is an exciting time for cycling in London and anything that makes it easier for people, whether they’re experienced cyclists or just thinking about it has to be a good thing. This project is ground breaking, the first in the UK and yet it’s simple common sense that if we can provide secure storage for bikes then more people will ride.”
As well as on street cycle parking, Lambeth Council is working with local people to install secure cycle parking on estates by converting old boiler rooms and pram sheds and is actively encouraging residents to identify similar spaces for bikes, secure lockers or bike hangars
Notes to Editors;
• 23,748 bikes were reported stolen in London in 2009/10 with the true figure believed to be higher as many thefts remain unreported.
• A space in one of the hangars costs £42 a year – or £3.50 per month. Apply for a space at http://www.cyclehoop.com/rentals
• Lambeth Council, is hosting a public cycling conference on April 27 to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7926 0677
• Lambeth was the first London borough to introduce on-bike cycle-awareness training in partnership with its contractors and Cycle Training (UK).
• It’s long term commitment to safer, greener streets for pedestrians and cyclists across the borough is demonstrated by the planned regeneration of Vauxhall from an area dominated by the gyratory system into a lively riverside town centre that puts people before traffic.
• All Lambeth’s Veolia lorry and bus drivers have completed Safer Urban Driving courses including on-bike training and the council is working with the company and TfL to expand this across London.
• One hundred and sixty Lambeth fleet drivers have completed on-bike awareness training, adapted for drivers of smaller vehicles.
• The borough’s street works contractor, FM Conway is committed to training all its HGV drivers.
• On Friday 19th April, Lambeth Council leader Cllr Lib Peck and Cllr Pete Robbins will sign the London Cycling Campaign’s Safer Lorries pledge.
• To find out more about cycle parking alternatives please visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/cycleparking