New cycle storage for women’s refuge

Women and children at a Brighton & Hove refuge are benefitting from a new cycle shed.

Funded by the council, and thanks to work from Sustrans and Stonewater, the new cycle storage is helping to keep bikes and scooters dry and under cover.

Working with a local tradesperson, the shed was designed to cover as many bikes as possible and keep them out of the rain.

Lucy Dance Bike It Officer at walking and cycling charity Sustrans said “Having a new, large cycle shed on site means that all bikes are now being stored under cover and are in far better working order. 

“The joy and freedom that having a bike brings to the women and children is huge and it’s a more affordable way to travel around the city.”

Supporting those fleeing domestic violence

The cycle shed is the latest work being done to support those fleeing domestic violence.

In 2021, more than 150 bikes were donated as part of a project to reconnect them with the joy of cycling.

With the help of local not-for-profit bike workshop Cranks and regular training sessions from Sustrans, the bikes have helped build confidence and supported those at the refuge to move around the city and reduce travel costs.

The project was later nominated for a Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Award.