Stands up for cyclists.

Stands up for cyclists.

Well, B&NES cannot replace even the missing cycle stands outside the Guildhall but there’s more independent help for cyclists in  a new initiative which – ironically – is funded by the Council.

Cycling charity Life Cycle UK is offering community groups and small businesses in BANES the chance to apply for FREE cycle stands, thanks to funding from BANES Council.


The charity thinks installing stands will:
“Encourage employees and visitors to travel the healthy way by giving them safe cycle parking.
Increase customer footfall whilst helping to reduce road congestion and pollution.
Landlords can avoid bike-related wear-and-tear by installing the stands outside their properties.
Sheffield stands are sturdy and secure, minimising the risk of tampering and theft.”

Take A Stand® helps organisations with limited resources to install safe cycle parking at their premises. The stands are provided and delivered completely FREE of charge – all you have to do is install them.

BANES-based organisations can apply for up to 2 FREE Sheffield stands each – enough to provide secure parking for 4 bikes.

Bike parking at Abbots Leigh village hall2

Satisfied customer Alice from independent shop, Paper Plane says:
“We love our new cycle stand! It subtly contributes to the sense of community in the area, encouraging fitness and helping out the environment. I applied thinking it might take weeks to sort out, but within an hour or so I had a reply. The stand was delivered the next week. Customers are now at ease, giving them more time to browse and try things on”.

To apply for your free cycle stands, visit:, call 0117 353 4580 or contact:

For your information:
Life Cycle UK is a registered charity that aims to transform lives and the evnironment through cycling. Life Cycle’s services include:
Cycle training for adults and children;
Bike maintenance courses;
Refurbished bicycles in partnership with HMP Bristol (i.e.Horfield Prison,Bristol)
Dr Bike cycle surgeries; and
Take a Stand, a unique scheme to enable small organisations to install cycle parking.

Life Cycle has a track record in delivering projects that enable more disadvantaged groups to cycle including:
Two’s Company – tandem rides for blind and visually impaired people.
Bike Minded – supporting those experiencing mental health issues to cycle.
Silver Cyclists – supporting older people to maintain their health and fitness for longer through cycling.
Youth – organising fun cycling activities during half term and after school for young people in disadvantaged areas.


Making a stand.

Making a stand.

As a cyclist who sometimes has to look around a bit to find  a vacant stand for my bike – l am not too sure l welcome the outbreak of two-wheeled advertising that is becoming apparent in Bath.


Bike ads?

Seems they are not only promoting local business but making political points.

Clever promotion? Or a damned nuisance if the stands are full up?


A campaign cycle?

What do you think?

Bike stands and a photo bloomer.

Bike stands and a photo bloomer.

Couple of early Christmas presents for cyclists in Bath. The abandoned cycle lock cable that’s been attached to one of the hoops outside the Guildhall for weeks and weeks, has finally been removed.


The cable hoop has finally been removed.

I completed my ‘hat-trick’ of tweets to Council Connect yesterday. My first – bearing a photograph of the offending article – was made in late September. Anyway it has now gone.


The cable lock hoop that was abandoned months ago.

Meanwhile – even more of a pleasant surprise – is the amount of activity involving the installation of new bike stands.


That’s more cycle racks going up today in Milsom Street.

I saw these chaps busy setting new racks in cement at the bottom of Milsom Street.

Great to see even more two-wheeled traffic being encouraged in the town centre.

Finally, sad to see that once again those lovely people from Bath Rotary have put their festival charity hut bang in front of the best tree we’ve had in Abbey Church Yard for years.


Oh dear. The Rotary hut has spoiled the view again this year.

The Council even dug a proper foundation for this year’s fir so it wouldn’t need hazardous guy ropes to keep it up.


The view of tree and Abbey you won’t get now.

Difficult to get people to realise that tourists stand under the colonnade at the Stall Street end and frame up a lovely shot of illuminated tree and Bath Abbey behind. A view now spoiled by the hut.


Surely the take away hut could have gone somewhere else to allow Bath Rotary to tuck their hut into the corner?

They have plonked a take-away meals hut right outside the Grade 1 listed Grand Pump Room. I would have preferred to see that re-sited and the Rotary hut put there – in the corner – instead.

Don’t blame us, says the Council. A spokesperson told me:

‘We had asked the Rotary Club if they would consider moving their chalet from this location, in order to offer people a clearer view of the Christmas tree and Bath Abbey, however the Rotary Club expressed its desire for the chalet to remain in its existing location.’

While l hope their charity buckets are full to overflowing it would be nice if things could be sorted out to let everyone enjoy  an uninterrupted view of the tree and Abbey next year.

Mystery of the disappearing bike stands

Mystery of the disappearing bike stands

What is it with the disappearing bike stands outside the Guildhall in Bath?


The first one to go – on a group of three – disappeared months ago.

Months ago l noticed one ‘hoop’ was missing from a cluster of three stands to the left of the steps and now – yesterday – another one has disappeared.


Another hoop outside Bath’s Guildhall disappears

This time from the middle of the grouping right in front of the building.


Do these have scrap value?

Are these stands made of a precious metal ?Are they being stolen for scrap? Or is there a less sinister reason why they are disappearing!

Does anyone know?