Glasgow set for cycle storage units to aid those living in flats

NEW on-street cycle storage shelters are to be introduced to neighbourhoods across Glasgow.

It comes as Glasgow City Council looks to address the issue of cyclists having no access to safe spaces for their bikes, with 70% of Glasgow’s homes being made up of flats or tenements – of which, communal property rules often prevent storage on stairwells.

The local authority said that 60 storage shelters will be installed throughout the city in the hope of making cycling a more attractive travel option that residents can rely upon more routinely.

It follows a pilot programme in conjunction with cycle storage and infrastructure designers Cyclehoop. The firm’s Bikehangar shelter accommodates six bicycles and spaces are available to hire for £6 per month.

Councillor Anna Richardson, city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction, said, “With so many of us in Glasgow living in tenements or flats, bike storage is a real issue for people who cycle or who are keen to take up cycling. Keeping bikes in stairwells can cause obstructions, which creates a safety risk and can put owners at odds with other residents. Bikes kept on stairwells are also at a greater risk of theft.

“But having access to secure storage that’s easy to use will take away a significant barrier that deters people from relying on a bike. Our new scheme with Cyclehoop will make using a bike more attractive and ensure how we get about Glasgow is more active and sustainable. Encouraging greater reliance on the bike as an ordinary mode of transport is a vital part of our efforts to decarbonise the city’s transport system.”