Better Bankside business improvement district

Better Bankside business improvement district
© Mickey Lee / Better Bankside

From a developing urban forest to a bike cleaning breakfast, this business area knows the way to go

Bankside, the area on the southern bank of the Thames opposite the City of London, is the focus of many new developments, whether the high profile extension to the Tate Modern or new office blocks and hotels. This is increasing pressure on the already busy roads and public transport.

Better Bankside, one of the first Business Improvement Districts in London, has been working with a range of local employers to develop a range of cutting edge measures to deliver an ambitious degree of change. Through the Better Bankside Master Travel Plan, it is aiming to increase, the proportion of people walking, cycling and using public transport by 2015. Innovative measures have included:

  • the Bankside Urban Forest, creating green infrastructure to improve the public realm
  • programmes of themed local walks
  • a 'clean bike breakfast', helping cyclists keep their bikes clean so that they work more efficiently
  • a secure cycle park facility and bike shed design competition
  • Twitter feed of transport disruption affecting local services

The area is also one of the first to draw up a neighbourhood plan.

Cycling levels are already relatively high in central London but lack of suitable cycle parking is often a barrier to increasing cycling further. Because making cycling easier is good for businesses, whether having healthier employees or more customers, as well as the local area, it’s a key priority for Better Bankside. Better Bankside has worked in a range of partnerships to increase various types of cycle parking available. It’s secured funding for traditional Sheffield stands, trialled new ‘cycle hoop’ fittings to make it easier to lock cycles to signage posts and even set up a competition with the Architecture Foundation to seek the best design for a new cycle park.

More information - Better Bankside bike parking

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