ePetition - Seven Dials Cycle Storage

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Seven Dials Cycle Storage

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to install secure and sheltered bicycle storage in Seven Dials. By signing the petition, we indicate our interest in making use of such storage.

In the local transport plan, the council recognises the benefits of cycling to the city. It also highlights the fear of traffic as one of the main reasons why more people do not cycle. However, without adequate cycle storage for everyone, many are unable to take advantage of the benefits of cycling.

It is difficult to own a bicycle if you don't have a secure space to store it. This problem is especially acute in flats and small homes.
On-street storage is inadequate for the needs of regular cyclists due to the risks of bicycle theft and exposure to the elements. We note that the bicycle storage facility at Brighton train station is not suitable for permanent storage nor does it address the need

As an example of the response to the need, many UK councils have installed BikeHangars for their communities: https://www.cyclehoop.com/case-studies/
These BikeHangars fit into a standard 2-metre parking bay and hold six bikes in the space of half a car.
In Lambeth, the availability of these cycle parking spaces is outstripping demand. Users pay £3.50 per month for rental:
https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/parking-transport-and-streets/cycling/cycle-parking-scheme-guide

We request:
1) At a minimum, we would like to see the implementation of a Bike Hangar (or similar) pilot scheme. This would be an opportunity to test the feasibility before expanding across the city.
Contingent upon the success of the scheme, a broader consultation with the public over higher-capacity solutions for bicycle storage.

2) Include plans for bicycle storage should be included in the next local transport plan.

3) That the petition is considered at the next Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee meeting.

Started by: Mark Bason

This ePetition ran from 18/10/2020 to 23/11/2020 and has now finished.

151 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Thank you very much for this important petition. We absolutely need to do this and the council is aware of the need for secure residential cycle parking within the city and as part of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), currently in development, we are reviewing strategic approaches to cycle parking. I can completely sympathise with the petitioners, as where I live would certainly make cycling easier if I had safe and secure on street storage. When 6 or more bikes can fit into the space of one parking spot, it highlights how inefficient a use of space parking can be and how bike hangars can be truly transformation in a city like ours, where many residents are desperate to cycle but the council are not providing the adequate infrastructure.
I’m very disappointed that no Chair of this committee has actioned this sooner, as I believe we urgently need cycle storage to allow more people to start using cycling as a way of getting around. Therefore, in order to begin to address this key issue sooner than the longer term planning will allow through the LCWIP, we will be bringing forward proposals as part of the budget for the 2021/22 financial year for a pilot project to install some initial cycle hangar facilities in the city and learn lessons prior to wider rollout in future.
We are considering several successful case studies, including Lambeth as you mention, when planning our approach to these facilities. I will also make sure officers know that Seven Dials is a desired location for a trial, when decide which parts of the city will take part in the early trial”

 


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