Parking in York just got a whole lot easier – for cyclists at least.

Eight new cycle racks have been installed across the city centre by the York BID (Business Improvement District).

With 88 spaces, they add up to a 10% increase in parking provision for bikes.


The new racks have been installed to both enhance existing provision, and provide new places for cyclists to park, from Blake Street and Esplanade to Deangate and Piccadilly.

Each of the cycle racks features information and maps detailing cycle routes and parking around the city centre.

Where to find the bike racks

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  • Blake Street
  • High Petergate
  • Esplanade
  • Lord Mayor’s Walk
  • Spark, Piccadilly
  • Deangate
  • St Maurice’s Road
  • George Street

Fantastic cycling city

Photograph: Wayne Bishop
“York is a fantastic city for cyclists, and we are keen to encourage bikes as an environmentally-friendly way of accessing the city centre,” said York BID’s operations manager, Carl Alsop.

He added:

  • Clearly, providing well-maintained facilities is an important part of this, and having a safe place to lock your bike is crucial.

    If one particular rack is already full, the maps provide a clear guide of how to find another nearby, which we hope will discourage people from locking their bikes to other street furniture, where it can cause obstructions to pavements.

York’s Walk Cycle Forum works with many agencies with the aim of getting more people travelling around the city by foot or on a bike.

Chair Sheridan Piggott said:

  • This is very welcome because we have been calling for more cycle parking in the city for a long time.

    Thanks to the York BID for funding and working with City of York Council and the cycling community to enable these plans to finally come to fruition.

    The new initiative is a really good example of what can be achieved when people work together in a constructive way across the city.

Removing left bikes

York BID Street Rangers on patrol with the police. Photograph: York BID
York BID’s Street Rangers also play a role in ensuring that as much bike parking is available as possible, by monitoring bikes that have been abandoned throughout all of the city’s cycle parking facilities.

“There is a high demand for dedicated cycle racks, so we regularly look out for bikes that have been left for long periods of time, and work with City of York Council to remove those that go unclaimed,” adds Carl.

Tags are attached to any bicycle that appears to have been abandoned, and if it not moved after a month, it is taken away for storage for a further month, before any unclaimed bikes are recycled and sold.