Here’s a great idea for a city like Bath that wants to encourage cycling but – with its Georgian architectural heritage – doesn’t make it easy to store these two-wheelers safely.
Anne Love writes:
‘I am a fan of your Bath Newseum site and I understand from your various comments, that you are a keen cyclist.
While the hills can be overcome by an electric bike (they are wonderful) the lack of safe, secure, dry storage in the city centre is a real block to bike ownership and use.
Georgian town houses almost never have rear access, where a bike could be safely stored, many are flats, where keeping a bike in the hall is often physically impossible and or, not permitted.
Locking your bike to the railings outside is terrible for a bike and risky, as they are frequently stolen apart from looking terrible.
What Bath needs is Cyclehoops Bike Hangars https://www.cyclehoop.com/product/shelters-canopies/bikehangar/
I am campaigning for these to be installed in Bath as part of traffic reduction. They cost £5000 installed, can hold 6 bikes in half a parking space. Users rent the space, so the capital investment can be recovered.
Initially people are resistant to the idea of the bike hangar pods, but they are much smaller than a van or 4X4 car and no one objects to these blotting out the view. In fact the pods are smaller than a small hatch back, so easy to see over.
Currently there is one in Bath off Court Yard Mews, which is the passage way next to Dorothy House on London Road, it was installed by Anthem Publishing with half paid for by the council.
There are many city centre places where a bike hangar could be installed and would upset no one, ends of streets where a blank wall faces the street, or spare patches of land, like the corner of Cavendish Road and Julian Road, opposite the Marlborough Tavern and many other places.’
Anne enclosed a document she wrote for the Circus Area Residents Association who have adopted the use of bike hangars as part of their Low Traffic Neighbourhood proposal – showing sites where such bike hangars could be positioned.
She concludes: ‘I would like inform a wider audience to the possibilities of on street bike storage and wonder if you would consider sharing this idea in one of your posts?’
Happy to do so and interested to see what response we get.