New bike hangars are hitting the streets in Brighton and Hove

The first of 100 new bicycle halls have taken to the streets.

A total of 20 will be deployed across Brighton and Hove to provide secure storage for people who cycle regularly for work, sport or leisure over the next two weeks as part of a phased roll-out.

Each hangar is roughly the size of a car parking space and can hold up to six bikes. They can be reconfigured to accommodate adapted bikes and cargo bikes.

The first 20 will be installed at: Stanford Avenue; Königsstrasse (two); Cleveland Road (two); Scotland Road; Queens Park Road (two); Hamilton Street; park crescent terrace; Hythe Road (three); Belgrave Street; Coventry Street (two); Cobden Road (two); Wholelo Square; Saint Catherine’s Terrace.

Hangar locations were selected based on thousands of responses received during an online survey last year.

The proposed roads were then scored against a matrix that took into account the availability of current congestion areas, the propensity for cycling, and the level of bicycle theft in the area.

Funds were allocated for the purchase, installation, management and maintenance of the hangars at a full council meeting last February.

Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee Co-Chair Steve Davis and City Councilor Jamie Lloyd visited Queen’s Park Road to see where one of the first hangars was.

Councilor Davis said: “This is really a game changer for a lot of people who want to cycle more but just 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 apartments, apartments or houses where storage space is at a premium, it can be difficult for many people to find a place to safely store their bikes.”

“We know that if we want more people to travel actively and sustainably, we have to offer them the right infrastructure.

“Bike hangars are a really good incentive for people to travel more by bike because they don’t have to keep it in the hallway or carry it up several flights of stairs.”

Anyone can apply for a space in a hangar as long as you live close to a hangar and there is availability.

Each spot costs around £1 per week with the option to pay for 3, 6 or 12 month spots.

Residents were asked last year to take a survey and ask if they would be interested in having a bike hangar on their street.

Those who completed it and left an email address were offered the opportunity to apply for a spot on a first come, first served basis. These have now been allocated by the operator Falco.

Residents wishing to apply for a place can email or call 01538 380080. New bike hangars are hitting the streets in Brighton and Hove

Fry Electronics Team

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