The first of 100 new cycle hangars coming to Brighton & Hove have hit the streets.
Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) committee, Steve Davis and fellow ETS member Jamie Lloyd, were in Queens Park Road where one of the first hangars has been installed.
20 are being placed across the city to provide secure storage for people cycling regularly for work, exercise or leisure over the next two weeks as part of a phased roll out.
Picture: Councillors Jamie Loyd and Steve Davis
Each hangar is approximately the size of one car parking space and can hold up to six cycles. The hangars can be reconfigured to include adapted cycles and cargo bikes.
The first 20 are being installed in:
- Stanford Avenue
- Kings Road x2
- Cleveland Road x 2
- Scotland Street
- Queens Park Road x2
- Hamilton Road
- Park Crescent Terrace
- Hythe Road x3
- Belgrave Street
- Coventry Street x2
- Cobden Road x2
- Whichelo Place
- St Catherine's Terrace
Hangar locations have been selected based on thousands of responses we received during an online survey last year. Suggested roads were then scored on a scoring matrix, which considers availability of current storage, propensity to cycle and levels of cycle theft in the area.
Money was allocated for buying, installing, managing and maintaining the hangars at Full Council in February 2021.
Councillor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “This really is a game-changer for a lot of people who want to cycle more but simply can’t because they don’t have the storage space.
“We saw from the response to our survey last year that residents really want them. With so many people living in shared accommodation, flats or houses where storage space is at a premium, it can be difficult for many people to find space to safely store their bikes.”
“We know that if we want more people to travel actively and sustainably, we have to give them the right infrastructure. Cycle hangars are a really good incentive for people to travel more by bike because it means they don’t have to have it sitting in their hallway or carry it up several flights of steps.”
How to apply for a space
Anyone can apply for a space in a cycle hangar as long as you live close to a hangar and there is availability. Each space will cost approximately £1 per week with the opportunity to pay for spaces for 3, 6 or 12 months at a time.
We asked residents last year to complete an online survey, asking if they would be interested in having a cycle hangar on their street.
Those who completed the survey and left an email address have been contacted and offered the chance to apply for a space on a first come / first served basis. These have now been allocated by operator Falco.
Residents who wish to apply for a space can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 01538 380080, specifying which hangar they would like a space in. They will then be contacted by Falco about the next steps.
If there are no spaces available, residents will be placed on a waiting list and informed when one becomes available.