Cyclists benefit from expansion of on-street bike storage
Cyclists in Haringey are set to benefit from a huge investment of up to almost £1m on the installation of bike hangars.
Last night (11 July 2023), Cabinet agreed a massive expansion of on-street cycle storage, helping hundreds without room in their home and encouraging active travel.
Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in the borough, with 2,000 people in Haringey on the waiting list for a safe spot to park their bike, and it is hoped the new programme will significantly reduce that number.
The council currently has already provided more than 1,000 secure spaces, with this funding boost alone set to increase that number by around 600.
On-street covered hangars typically have room for six bikes and take up less space than a single car.
Cllr Mike Hakata, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Environment and Transport said:
London has seen a revolution in the way people get around since the pandemic, with a significant rise in the number of people cycling.
With the roll out of our Streets for People programme, including the imminent growth of our protected cycle lanes, we expect to see a big rise in demand for cycling in Haringey.
We know that access to safe, secure storage for bikes can be a barrier to cycling and want to encourage people to travel actively because it has so many benefits – from supporting their health and wellbeing to reducing traffic and improving air quality.
As well as this investment to install cycle hangars, the council is set to trial an e-bike hire scheme this autumn, giving local people more opportunities for affordable, active travel, while also cutting pollution and congestion and improving public health.
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