City centre set for 150 extra bike parking spaces

2 Aug 2013 @ 2.47 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

As cycling goes from strength to strength in York and the wider region City of York Council is increasing the provision of bike parking in the city by 15 per cent.

Over the next couple of months, extra cycle parking will have been put in place in Lendal, Goodramgate, King Street, Library Square and Micklegate. This comes on top new parking recently installed in Piccadilly and North Street.

This will help to create an extra 150 spaces to add over 1,000 spaces already availible within the city centre.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “With several bike parking facilities regularly full and as more people are looking to cycling as one of their main modes of transport in the city it is important that we keep up with the demand. Increasing the amount of designated cycle parking spaces will also hopefully help reduce the amount of cycles being parked in inappropriate places such as on railings.”

The proposed locations of the cycle parking were approved following a consultation with the Reinvigorate York Board, North Yorkshire Police, Ward Councillors and nearby businesses.

Cycle thefts have been drastically reduced in York with 2012/13 having half the number of bike thefts than seen only two years previously in 2010/11.

York has one of the best records when compared with comparable cycling cities such as Oxford and Cambridge, who regularly see four to five times the amount of bike thefts. This is largely due to the ongoing work of the Safer York Partnership involving the Police, the council and higher education establishments.

To help reduce cycle thefts even further cyclists are reminded to lock their bikes front and back using two different good quality locks.

The council is investing £25,000 in the new facilities which are funded through the Local Transport Plan (LTP).

 


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