As part of Stoke-On-Trent City Councils’ ongoing pledge to improve cyclists journeys to the city centre by bike, the council have been working with Cyclehoop to implement a custom make cycle hub. We are pleased to announce that this is now open for use following an exciting launch event on the 7th March 2015.
The first of its kind in the city, it is the latest initiative by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and use their bikes. The 28ft by 21ft weather-proof hub is completely free to use and was delivered through the authority’s LSTF which is funded by the Department for Transport.
City councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said:”We have been speaking to businesses in the city centre about cycling provision and some told us they have staff who cycle to work but have to leave their bikes in store rooms or staff toilets during the day because there was nowhere secure in the city centre where they could leave them.”
“We have a wonderful network of more than 180km of cycle routes, including greenways, canal towpaths and river routes across the city and this hub really complements them. Cycling is not only a great way to get around, but it’s healthy, good for the environment and affordable.”
Stoke-on-Trent Lord Mayor Majid Khan officially opened the hub. He said: “It’s fantastic. If we can encourage more people to use their bikes, it will help improve their health as well as keeping the city tidy.”
BMX rider Reece Osborne welcomed the activities put on to celebrate the opening. The 16-year-old, of South Walk, Meir, said: “The hub is really good. I think people will use it because not everyone can afford to take the bus or their cars.”
Doug Wardle, chairman of the City Centre Partnership, said: “I think this is a brilliant idea. It reduces the amount of cars on the road, it’s environmentally friendly and encourages people to cycle and keep fit.”
To find out more about our bespoke cycle hubs, contact a member of our team today