A doubling in the number of journeys being completed by bike within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has resulted in the authority turning to Bike Dock Solutions, provider of secure cycle parking equipment and accessories, to provide more than 200 cycle parking places across the borough.
The firm has provided a range of products including simple bolt down Sheffield stands, London style stands, recycled steel ‘toast rack’ style stands, as well as cycle lockers and shelters.
“Cycling within the borough continues to grow and we have now been recognised by Transport for London as an Outer London Biking Borough,” explains Nick Davies, principal transport officer for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
“Against this background we need to ensure that the borough is more accessible, safer and attractive for cyclists. A key element in this is to provide good quality sturdy cycle parking spaces located in suitable safe positions for the users.”
The borough’s cycle parking programme has included installations at key destinations such as shopping areas, transport interchanges, schools, leisure centres and council buildings. In addition, cycle parking stands have also been installed within the borough’s parks; cycle lockers located within London Road Car Park, and the provision of a cycle shelter within the Civic Centre for council staff.
“In the UK, a bicycle is stolen every minute and less than five per cent of those are returned to their owners,” explains Bike Dock Solutions’ Josh Coleman.
“Cyclists are more likely to have their bikes stolen than motorcyclists their motorcycle. Theft is the single greatest deterrent to cycle use after road safety fears. Barking and Dagenham’s decision to install this equipment should reassure cyclists that they can travel and park with confidence throughout the borough.”