How to get more Bikehangars on your street
Here is how to influence your council to provide the cycle parking your neighbourhood needs. With more than 50,000 people waiting for Bikehangar spaces across the UK, we want to provide you with the information and tools to help you do your part!
The government’s 2020 Gear Change strategy seeks to have half of all journeys in towns and cities cycled or walked by 2030 so we still have a long way to go. It is our mission to promote a more sustainable ratio of car parking spaces to Bikehangar and parklet spaces provided on our streets.
Our Bikehangars, lockers and hubs can be seen dotted across the UK. They can be rented at a price set by the council (often this is subsidised, depending on which local authority you live in). Through our Cycleparking Rentals website, we operate the largest cycle parking network in the UK (and probably the world) and we are delighted it is continuing to grow thanks to everyone’s combined efforts! Thank you to all the residents, council members, sustainable mobility lobby groups and our team. Together we are creating a safer, healthier and happier future for our younger generations. A liveable city is a cycle-friendly one!
Follow these three steps
Your local authority needs residents to follow the below three steps; suggest a location, demonstrate demand and write to your local councillors. This can help influence council decision making and promote the funding of sustainable mobility options to increase the provision of Bikehangars on our streets. And it’s working, every year we install more Bikehangars than the year before.
Here are our three top tips on how you can speed up the process of getting further Bikehangars in your area:
1. Suggest a location
The Suggest a Location form on our Cycle Parking Rentals website is a fundamental tool in speeding up this process. By simply inputting your desired location and stating what type of facility you want, you are providing valuable data that informs us of the local requirements for on-street cycle parking as well as giving us visualisations of the demand within the area. Most importantly, we can then take this information to local authorities to help push the idea further in the hopes of speeding up the installations in a street near you.
You can suggest a location here.
2. Demonstrate local demand
It’s really helpful to demonstrate that your idea has community support. Speak to your neighbours, they may also need accessible cycle parking but have never heard of us! You can ask them to sign a simple form collecting their basic information such as their names and addresses demonstrating their support. Then you can send this list to your local councillor. The greater demonstrated support you have, the more likely you are to influence your council Bikehangar provision. Direct your neighbours to our Suggest a Location form and give them one of our Bikehangar Canvassing Postcards. They can either return the postcard to you or directly to your local councillor.
3. Write to your local councillors
Your local councillor plays a key role in influencing changes to your area. Write to them so that you can make the case for speeding up the provision of on-street cycle parking. This person can represent you and ensure your voice is heard at a higher level. You can find your local councillor here. Or use this helpful website called Write to Them which makes searching and contacting your councillor even easier.
We hope this post was helpful and good luck!
The Cyclehoop Team