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WHAT? Surely not ANOTHER cycling initiative from ‘useless’ Glasgow City Council

It’s almost as if I was attracting stories about Glasgow City Council which will be rubbing the cycling activists’ noses in their whines about the council not being much use with regard to improving things for cyclists in the city.

This time it is something which has been largely overlooked in the past, but I have seen being tackled by a number of authorities/cities recently, the last one being Edinburgh.

This has actually been raised before, but this seems to be the beginning of action to address this issue.

Glasgow City Council has launched a feasibility study to assess opinion on its plans to introduce new secure covered on-street cycle parking for residents of the city.

The provision of such parking, the council feel, will help remove one of the major barriers to the uptake of cycling, namely the ability to conveniently and securely store a bike.

In the first instance, the council are looking to provide facilities at 50 locations across the city.

And in doing so they will prioritise those areas of Glasgow where housing includes tower blocks, flats and tenement properties.

Glasgow City Council announces plans to introduce secure on-street cycle parking

I’m lucky in that I have my own secure space, and don’t have to negotiate stairs (just an irritating convoluted path) to get to the street.

But recently, while standing in Anderston, was intrigued to see quite a lot of bikes being stored on porches or verandas outside flats, four or five storeys up. That has to get boring after the first few hundred trips up and down!

I also see quite a lot of people with bikes in halls, or even living rooms, sometimes hung on walls to keep them out of the way.

I have to confess to wishing there were bike parks, like car parks, which were more secure than the usual street bike parking rack, or handy pole!

I have seen a few secure, on-street bike parking enclosures similar to the one pictured, one of which can be found at the rear of Glasgow Women’s Library.

Unfortunately, these would have to be maintained, so there is a cost associated with them, which is currently estimated to be about £1.50 per week.

Secure Cycle Shelter Image Glasgow City Council

Secure On-street Cycle Parking Image Glasgow City Council


16/12/2018 - Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , ,


  1. There are potential drawbacks with using a handy pole for securing your bike, at least for idiots:


    Comment by Allan Knaik | 16/12/2018

  2. It’s sometimes surprisingly easy to make a mistake when locking up for a brief stop, maybe not on a short bollard, but with some of the oddly shaped (supposedly) purpose-made fixtures mounted in some places. They can be really irritating.

    I found I’d completely missed the pole on one long and intricate example, while another had such an ‘arty’ shape it was almost impossible to get a long chain around it AND the bike frame plus wheel.

    Lidl racks are rubbish – I have to carry a long extension so I can use their trolley bay,

    I’m pretty much an expert at this now, and can recommend watching the videos posted on YouTube by community groups from the US, and the Continent, which both give advice on securing a bike properly – and they also wander around with a camera and video lots of examples how NOT to do this, showing how cyclists have left the bikes such that they can be taken easily, despite appearing to be secured.


    Comment by Apollo | 16/12/2018

  3. Indeed. I once secured my bike with a heavy D-lock to a sighpost in Arran, went for a walk and lost my key in the bracken. I tried a hacksaw, but it wouldn’t look at it. So I had to get spanners, remove the sign and lift the bike and D-lock over the top of the post, with difficulty. Then take the bike home to the other key. I threw the lock away then, having only one key was a disaster waiting to happen!

    I have a variety of locks now, at different points on the weight/security scale, ranging from a heavy D-lock (3 keys!) which stays attached at the swimming pool, to one with wire so thin a thief could probably cut it with a heavy scissors, for outside cafés. I find a half size D-lock is a good compromise for shopping situations, if I can find some railings.


    Comment by Allan Knaik | 16/12/2018

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