Accessible parking facilities aim to encourage Hounslow residents to cycle

Hounslow cycle hanger

Hounslow Council is aiming to encourage residents to use two wheels for short trips by providing more accessible parking facilities for cyclists.

The new initiative, launched in July, features three new ways for residents to park their cycles safely – including wall-mounted anchors and bikehangars (pictured).

The anchors, which secure bikes to the outside wall of a property, are available to Hounslow residents for a reduced £5.

Where there is no space for a wall anchor – and there is agreement from those living in the residential road – a bikehangar can be installed.

These provide an area undercover and enclosed for bikes. Before an instalment can be considered, a minimum of four residents need to commit in writing to using it, paying a £25 key deposit and annual maintenance costs of £72 for each space.

Where there is insufficient space for either anchors or bikehangars, a ‘Sheffield’ stand can be installed on the road or in an area in the street that residents feel would be best suited.

Hounslow Council says the initiative is part of its ‘ongoing commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles’, including more walking and cycling.

Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader of Hounslow Council, said:

“We want to encourage more residents to cycle and for those who do already, to have as many facilities as possible to park their bicycles securely in and around where they live.

“Our commitment is to help residents enjoy being as active as possible so that they can be healthy and happy.

“The cycle parking programme will help residents have peace of mind in keeping their bikes safe and it will hopefully lead to more people of all ages cycling and to get out and about in the borough.”

To apply for bike anchors, hangars or a stand – or for further information – email Hounslow’s Traffic team.

22 August 2017