Locked, stocked and two spinning wheels – new secure bike storage in H&F

Worried about keeping your bike safe at night? The first secure on-street bike parking facilities are coming soon to Hammersmith & Fulham.

Last summer, we asked residents whether they would like to see new secure ‘bike hangars’ on our streets and where they would like them. The results were overwhelmingly positive.

Thirteen locations have now been provisionally identified for the new facilities which help people store their bikes safely and will hopefully encourage more cycling.

“We are delighted that residents are keen to see these innovative storage systems in H&F and hope they’ll encourage more people to get cycling,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“Not everyone has the space in their home for a bike, which may stop them buying or using one. These new hangars solve that problem by providing residents with an assurance their bike is stored safely away from the elements, vandals or thieves.”

The new storage units are key part of the council’s Cycling Strategy which aims for 10 per cent of all journeys in the borough to be made by bike.

To achieve this the council wants to make riding easier and less intimidating than it currently is and encouraging more people to get on a bike for the first time, or for the first time in a long time.

To find out more about what we’re doing to encourage more people to cycle, have a look at our Cycling Strategy.

Innovative bike parking

The hardy metal units can securely house up to six residents’ bicycles.

The locations, which the council will confirm soon, have been selected based on where residents have told us they want them, and where they’ll cause the minimum disruption to on-street parking.

The hangars are rented by residents, who register their details and are each given a key to the unit. The annual rental fee, of less than £7 per month, includes all maintenance and administration.

The new storage units are being funded by Transport for London (TfL) and the first are hoped to be installed before March. More are planned for installation later this year.

They are one of several innovative options for bike parking being considered by H&F Council, along with new ‘bicycle parklets’, the first of which was hailed by local residents after being installed in Brackenbury Village last year.

Want one near your home? Let us know

If you’d like to see secure bike parking in your road, contact our Cycling Officer, Richard Duffill, by email: richard.duffill@lbhf.gov.uk.

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