Monday, 22 November 2010

Queen Victoria Street - the racks go in

Baynard House car park - new bike zone
I'm slightly obsessing about these new bike racks. But only because I hope they'll be the start of many new bike parking places around the City. First mentioned here, the racks finally went in last week. They're still cordoned off for reasons I don't quite understand. More details about the location here. As you come into the carpark, you need to glide down the ramp in front of you, and there they are, all shiny and new. All 76 spaces.

Imagine that, though: Four car parking spaces equals 76 bike parking spaces. Just imagine how different London could be if there were a switch from cars to bikes in those kinds of ratios.

The only downside I can think of: Where do I leave a lock overnight on these sorts of racks? Anyone with any inspired suggestions? I don't really want to have to lug my lock back every night...


  1. "Where do I leave a lock overnight on these sorts of racks?"
    Is there nothing nearby to attach your lock to?
    If not, could you petition to get a single bike-hoop installed, for the purpose of allowing people to leave their locks overnight?

  2. Could you leave the lock attached to a rack without hindering other people who want to use it? If so, you could do what was suggested in the South Bank/Waterloo Cycle Strategy report, in its discussion of dealing with abandoned bikes: to let police etc know the lock isn't abandoned, stick a label on it saying something like [these are my words, not theirs] "I haven't been abandoned, and you can confirm that by calling my owner on ......."

  3. I don't know about the lock thing, but I think the most important thing about secure indoor bike storage such as this is to ensure that people know it is there. I cycled past the entrance to Liverpool Street station's secure cycle park for months without ever knowing it was there - it was only when a fellow cyclist told me. So, I hope that this facility will be well-publicised and signposted so that it is popular with cyclists thus demonstrating the need to build even more!

    Definitely a step in the right direction though - more please!

  4. I work for Bikestation in the States. We provide what we call a lock tree: A place where people can leave those 5 lb locks for their 17 lb bikes.