Cycle parking may be ‘retro-fitted’ to existing developments and streets. It can also included in new developments through the requirements in local plans and so paid for by the developer. Similarly schemes to change the layout of a street are good opportunities to try to ensure that cycle parking is designed in rather than added as an afterthought.
In terms of retro-fitting, on-street parking is easy to install but it can take longer to install secure cycle parking particularly in buildings as there will need to be agreements about who will manage it.
A great way to identify locations for cycle parking is the new cyclescape website, which allows people to report places where there is a lack of cycle parking and for priority locations to be ‘crowd-sourced’. New designs, such as cycle hoops that fix to existing street furniture, can allow cycle parking to be added quickly and cheaply.
It is good to break up planning for cycle parking into the following categories to make sure a range of potential cycling trips are being catered for in your areas:
- public highway sites, both in town and neighbourhood centres but also in denser urban locations, residential areas for visitor cycle parking
- housing, particularly in more urban areas, where there may be nowhere safe to keep a cycle
- inside the land owned by trip generators, such as schools, hospitals and businesses
- public transport stops, such as rail stations, bus stops or even car sharing bays
- in places of higher demand such as town centres and near major stations, it’s worth planning for cycle hubs where you can leave your cycle securely.