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Why no secure ‘Bike Parks’ similar to ‘Car Parks’

While it’s nice to see Glasgow City Council continue to defy activists who claim it’s not doing anything (or maybe enough) for cyclists, with news that some £250,000 is to be spent installing fifty storage units (secure on-street cycle lock-ups for residents to store their bikes) in parts of the city where tenements and flats are predominant, I’m going to put my ‘Grumpy Hat’ on and say that this marks a missed opportunity.

Glasgow has something in store for cyclists living the high life

I’ve read a few articles on this subject over the past few months, and have been disappointed every time.

While I’m obviously pleased for the residents concerned, my gripe is that there’s no similar option for anyone wanting to leave their bike on the street.

We have to lug around decent chains and locks if we want to be reasonably sure our bikes will be where we left them, and strip them of any easily removed accessories lest they vanish when we’re not there.

Somebody is missing a business opportunity, with the equivalent of a car park for bikes.

There was an attempt on Dragons’ Den a couple of years ago, but mistakes were made.

Dragons’ Den firm’s £4,000 street bike lockers installed in Exeter city centre

But that’s not the point – what matters is that others were interested (and the guy didn’t really try, as he really just wanted to get on TV).

They’ve installed their storage at a library.

We’ve also got storage at a library, Glasgow Women’s Library in Bridgeton.

Glasgow Women's Library Secure Bike Storage

Glasgow Women’s Library Secure Bike Storage

I’m guessing this example, from Partick, is for residents.

Secure bike storage Partick

Secure bike storage Partick

So, I’m no longer in any sort of business, don’t have any funding, so all I can do is make the point that there’s probably a nice business opportunity for someone who want to take the chance and get onto this early.

After all, we’re continually being told bike ownership and use is only going to increase, so it’s not a great stretch of the imagination to see that there will be opportunities, especially as some bike owners are daft enough to be parted from many thousands of pounds for their bikes, they should be easy touches for a few quid for safe storage 😉

My bike may only be worth a few hundred, but I can’t afford to lose that, and have spent just about as much on security.

Update

Local media eventually noticed…

On-street bike parking scheme to be launched across Glasgow

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27/04/2019 - Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , ,

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