Hammersmith & Fulham Council has installed the first of 500 new secure bike hangars.
It’s part of a three-year programme to increase the amount of secure cycle storage for residents. Holding six bikes per unit, the new hangars will create 3,000 new parking spots by 2027 – one for every resident on the current waiting list.
The rollout is part of a £3million investment, part-funded by H&F’s pioneering new Green Investment scheme.
“We know that residents want to cycle and that they need somewhere to store their bikes securely,” said Cllr Sharon Holder, H&F Cabinet Member for Public Realm. “So, this investment will help people get on their bikes with the peace of mind that they’ve got a safe place to lock them.”
Nice and safe
Cllr Holder unveiled the first new cycle hangar in Overstone Road, Hammersmith, on Thursday (25 January).
She was joined by local resident Eloise Illingworth and her 11-month-old daughter, Beatrice. “My husband and I have managed to secure places for both our bikes,” Eloise said.
The weather-resistant units provide street cycle parking in half the space of a car parking bay. They’re designed to withstand power drill and angle grinder attacks.
“We thought about getting cycling storage in the front garden as we don’t have railings outside our house to secure the bikes,” Eloise explains. “But as it’s a conservation area, we would need planning permission.”
The couple resorted to storing their bikes in their kitchen. “We’re really happy to have the spaces in this cycling hangar now. It’s convenient and keeps our bikes nice and safe.”
No storage? No problem!
Along with the new bike hangar on Overstone Road, eight more cycle hangars have been installed here:
- Coningham Road and Findon Road, W12
- Devonport Road and Scotts Road, W12
- Coverdale Road and Uxbridge Road, W12
- Pennard Road and Uxbridge Road, W12
- Bulwer Street and Aldine Court, W12
- Comeragh Road and Vereker Road, W14
- Oakbury Road and Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6
- Anselm Road and Tamworth Street, SW6.
A further 17 bike hangars are set to be installed by the end of March. Locations for the new cycle hangars have been prioritised based on demand from residents.
You can register your interest for a bike hangar on the H&F website.