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Your local highway and planning authorities are the most important partners. Even if they are the same local authority, the staff dealing with these issues will be different. Find out if there is any budget for installing cycle parking available. Also see what the local plan says about cycle parking standards and if there are any plans to update it. It may be something that could be added to a neighbourhood plan to provide additional detail - see the linking transport with planning section for more information.

Police are likely to be able to provide advice about siting of cycle parking and information about areas where cycle theft is high. Particularly where cycle theft has been identified as a concern by the local community or where it is impacting on crime statistics, police may be willing to make tackling it a priority, such as through decoy bikes and sting operations.

Trip generators, such as local businesses (including organisations promoting town centres), visitor attractions and schools, are all worth approaching to see if they already have plans to improve cycle parking or might consider providing some funding to. See the travel plans for organisations section.

While it can be difficult to provide cycle parking in privately let housing, social landlords such as housing associations may be good partners to work with to help deliver cycle parking in their properties. In some cases there have been institutional barriers but once the first such scheme is implemented it can become easier to deliver more.

If you can show that cycle parking can help attract more customers, public transport operators are more likely to consider investing in cycle parking at stops and stations. Some rail operators will have made commitments to increase cycle parking at stations. See the public transport section for more details.

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