Difficulty in storing a bike at home can be a serious deterrent to bike use and therefore makes it harder for Councils to achieve targets for increased bike usage. This can apply to a wide range of accommodation types, including flats, tenements and terraced houses without easy access to a back garden.
There are many aspects to this problem, some of which are covered on other pages and in our factsheets…
- Research – evidence that tenement bike storage problems in Edinburgh are resulting in reduced bike use – see the paper by Dr Tim Ryley [item 0809 on our 'local research' page].
- Bike storage in front gardens – problems with planning permission – see our draft factsheet and local developments
- Bike storage in flats and tenements – see our factsheet and other materials
- Bike shed security – see Security page [entry 1403]
- Onstreet secure bike storage - Councils could make a huge difference by providing secure [covered and lockable] onstreet bike storage. Although this will often mean removal of car parking spaces, removal of one car space can provide bike storage for 6 or more bikes. Edinburgh City Council is working on this [but slowly] – see below for developments. There is a strong equity argument that if the majority of residents of a tenement wish one car space outside their block replaced by multiple bike spaces, the council should make this change, rather than providing only for the minority of residents who wish all spaces to be for cars. If necessary, raise this with your councillors.
Onstreet Secure Bike Storage – Edinburgh pilot scheme
Edinburgh’s project is most welcome but taking a very long time indeed, as this timeline shows. Meanwhile things are moving much faster in some London councils – see below. It is proposed that Edinburgh’s pilot (which covers 6 locations) will run for 2 years before assessment and consideration of a wider scheme. This seems too long – especially now that the council has boosted its cycle team staffing.
1405 Edinburgh Pilot Scheme, progress report [pdf 291k] with pictures of the trial onstreet storage containers
1405 Hackney Borough example Part of the delay in Edinburgh has been the need for Traffic Regulation Orders to legally convert onstreet space to bike parking. London had similar problems but several Boroughs seem now to have speeded things up considerably.
1308 Traffic Regulation Orders for the 6 pilot locations expected to be published, with the hope of actual installing by the end of the year – although objections to the TROs could delay this further
1203 Edinburgh Council chooses 6 applicants for the pilot storage project. Next stage is to agree with the applicants the type of storage, then to promote the necessary Traffic Regulation Orders where the storage is onstreet.
1009 Council Active Travel Action Plan approved – includes commitment to trial onstreet bike storage
Onstreet Secure Bike Storage – examples elsewhere
1307 Lambeth Council has installed 27 ‘Bike Hangers’ onstreet in residential areas – each lockable and holding up to 6 bikes, a total of 162 spaces so far – more are planned. Users pay £5 a month for a key to their nearest ‘hanger.’ “An innovative cycle parking programme that looks to use the carriageway for the purposes of secure or over-night cycle parking where people have no space for their bikes at home. To our knowledge this is a UK first. This program is targeted towards high density multi-occupancy terraced housing where there is very little available space outside of the carriageway.” Further info on Lambeth’s wider approach to cycle parking.
1305 Westminster Council to convert some resident car parking bays to bike parking [Local Transport Today 17.5.13]