Neighbourhoods across Bristol are to benefit from secure on-street bike storage.
Following successful community group applications, 17 bike hangars will be installed in areas across the city, including Ashley, Bedminster, Clifton, Easton, Frome Vale, Knowle, Lawrence Hill, Southville, St George West and Windmill Hill.
Bristol City Council will work with groups to determine the feasibility of the suggested on-street locations.
Bristol’s first bike hangar was installed in April 2015 by a group of Windmill Hill residents following a community-led initiative. Since then more funding has been secured to provide more hangars across the city. The first of the new hangars are expected to be installed at the end of the summer.
Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Cabinet Member for Transport at Bristol City Council, said:
“It’s long been recognised that access to secure storage is one of the barriers to increasing cycling. I’m pleased we can now add more cycle hangars as part of our growing sustainable transport network. They provide a secure and cost effective alternative for people who might be put off from cycling due to a lack of space in their homes to store their bikes.
“There’s been a huge demand for these hangars but we have distributed the first phase across as many wards as possible using assessment criteria and we have started a waiting list for when further funding becomes available. I was involved with the introduction of the first Bristol cycle hangar in 2014 and know how popular they are, so here we start the next phase in rolling them out across our Cycling City.”
A bike hangar is a covered, lockable and secure pod which sits on the road. It takes up around the same amount of space as a parked car and can hold six bikes securely. There is a small annual rental charge to hire a space in a hangar.
Meanwhile, Bristol City Council has developed a new Shared Use Policy to help improve cycling and walking journeys. The new document sets out different types of cycling spaces, alongside principles for using them and implementing new infrastructure. The council is calling on members of the public to feedback on the policy by visiting: https://bristol.citizenspace.com/city-development/shared-use-routes-for-people-walking-and-on-bicycl.
Notes to editor
The bike hangars are funded by the Government’s Cycle Ambition Fund which supports improvements worth £12million in Bristol up until 2018, alongside local match funding from the council.
The first phase of the Bristol Bike Hangar scheme will look at the following sites:
•Richmond Road at 2, Ashley
•Mina Rd at 227-233, Ashley
•Churchlands Road, Bedminster
•Chessel Street, Bedminster
•Cornwallis Crescent, Clifton
•Cornwallis Avenue, Clifton
•Devon Road, Easton
•Anstey Street, Easton
•Lawn Road, Frome Vale
•Somerset Road at 48, Knowle
•Somerset Road at 117, Knowle
•Belton Road, Lawrence Hill
•Stapleton Road at Crisis Centre, Lawrence Hill
•Howard Road, Southville
•Exeter Road, Southville
•Stretford Road, St George West
•Almorah Rd & Hill Avenue, Windmill Hill
The following groups are currently at the top of the waiting list, and we will look at the feasibility of these sites at the same time:
•Vivian Street, Windmill Hill
•Stanley Hill & Hillside Street, Windmill Hill
•Turley Road, Easton
•Greenbank Road, Southville
For more information on the bike hangar scheme visit http://travelwest.info/.