A new cycle parking scheme has been launched in Worcestershire that lets organisations apply for free cycle parking stands.
The scheme is being introduced by Worcestershire County Council and is managed by ParkThatBike, a social enterprise. It is one of several measures being rolled out to make it easier for people to cycle and walk for local trips.
Businesses, community groups, surgeries, schools, shops, pubs, cafés, churches – in fact almost any organisation that has staff, visitors, or customers who arrive by bike – are eligible to apply.
Organisations can apply for up to four cycle stands free of charge. Successful applicants are then responsible for installing the stands on their premises, in a location which ParkThatBike has checked and approved. Conventional bike racks, heart-shaped stands, wall-mounted rails, PlantLocks (a combined planter and bike rack) and free-standing “toast-racks” are available.
Councillor Alan Amos, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: "We are doing more to promote walking and cycling in the county than we ever have done before. This scheme is one of several measures we are introducing as part of Phase 1 of the Active Travel Fund to make cycling safer, easier and more accessible across the county. I would strongly urge any organisation, large or small, to take up this special offer and make their premises secure and welcoming to cyclists.”
Scheme co-ordinator Peter Andrews, from ParkThatBike, said: “It’s vital that the recent increase in cycling doesn’t lead to a spate of bike theft. Good quality cycle parking reduces the likelihood of bikes being stolen or damaged while keeping workplaces safe and tidy. We’re looking forward to helping employers of every type across the county make their premises more cycle-friendly.”
To apply for free cycle parking visit www.ParkThatBike.info and download an application form, or phone 01594 564 344.