Councillors will be asked to approve fast-track plan for bike hangars

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Councillors will next week be asked to back plans that would make it simpler and quicker for residents that own bicycles to have safe and secure bike hangars installed in their streets.

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The council is keen to support cycling and encourage more residents to take up two wheeled travel – and with this goal in mind – is looking to make it easier for residents to securely store their bikes – especially those who don’t have gardens or enough room inside their homes.

If councillors approve the proposals, it could mean many more bike hangars being installed in residential streets.

Residents could request a hangar for their street via simple online form - and if there is enough local demand and the location is suitable - the installation could then be fast-tracked.

Each hanger could safely store up to six bikes and could only be accessed by people who have signed up to the scheme and been given a key.

The purchase and installation cost of each hangar – around £2,500 - could be met using grants available from Transport for London (TfL) while their ongoing maintenance, cleaning and removal of litter would be undertaken by the company providing the equipment – who in return would receive an annual membership fee from residents who hire hangar space.

Wandsworth is already home to some 25 hangars on local estates, while providing safe and secure bike storage for residents is a key planning condition on all new housing developments.

Transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “The council recently published its environmental and sustainability strategy which will be at the heart of town hall policies between now and 2030. One of its central aims is to encourage more sustainable forms of transport like walking and cycling.

“One of the challenges facing people who would like to cycle more is the question of where to keep their bikes. If they live in a small property or a block of flats there may not be enough room, so an obvious solution is to provide safe and secure storage in the street outside.

“We will be seeking committee approval to streamline the process of having a bike hangar installed so they can be placed where there is the need and the demand.”

When a potential site has been requested and identified as suitable, local residents and ward councillors will be consulted.

The proposals will be discussed by councillors on the strategic planning and transportation overview and scrutiny committee on September 24.