New cycle hangars will be installed outside 16 Bristol council tower blocks to give cyclists somewhere safe to store their bicycles.
Bristol already has a few secure cycle hangars, which allow people with little storage space at home to safely lock up their bikes. The hangars take up the space of about one car and usually have enough room to store several bicycles.
Last month, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) awarded £130,000 for the new bike hangars, which will be located at 16 council tower blocks in the city, according to the council’s business case.
It follows a Bristol World investigation last year which revealed there were 1,561 recorded thefts in 2021 - the equivalent of more than four a day. The investigation, which can be read here, heard from victims who wanted somewhere safe to keep their bike.
The report from WECA said encouraging cycling in Bristol is ‘key to increasing levels of modal shift to walking and cycling. It will aid in reducing traffic congestion, improve air quality and will help encourage healthy lifestyles’.
The new hangars will provide 168 secure cycle spaces within 28 secure cycle hangar storage units at 16 housing sites in Bristol, and will mark the first cycle hangar rollout in Bristol since 2018. The project has been fast tracked due to utilise Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) funding which closes in March 2023.
The installation of the hangars will take eight weeks and is set to begin soon with the target to finish by the end of March 2023. The 16 locations for new hangars are in Barton Hill, Lawrence Hill, St Judes, Easton, Redcliffe, Hartcliffe and Withywood.
They will be located outside Barton House, Phoenix House, Rawnsley House, Beaufort House, Harwood House, Longlands House, Ropewalk House, Twinnell House, Lansdowne Court, Broughton House, Redwood House, Francombe House, Chestnut House, Oak House, Willow House and Rowan House.
Responding to calls for safer cycling infrastructure in the city, including from Bristol Cycling Campaign which wants 1,000 bike hangars by 2024, mayor Marvin Rees said the “single biggest flaw” in transport planning is to have a “single focus”.
In a blog post last year, the mayor said: “As part of our work with the West of England combined authority, we’ve been able to begin the project for a programme of cycle hangars in the city. We will use the funding which will be made available at the January committee to prioritise cycle hangars for council blocks.
“The project scored blocks against strategic criteria such as their links to the strategic cycling network, levels of deprivation and car ownership.”