Borough's Bike Hangar Count Reaches One Hundred

Wandsworth Council plans to triple this number in coming years

Cllr Clare Fraser with Wandsworth's Active Travel Champion Jack Mayorcas
Cllr Clare Fraser with Wandsworth's Active Travel Champion Jack Mayorcas

February 8, 2023

There are now over one hundred bike hangars installed on streets in the borough of Wandsworth.

The landmark was reached with the installation of a new hangar on Thirsk Road in Battersea.

Cabinet Member for Transport Clare Fraser has committed to a new target of 300 on-street hangars over the coming years. This would provide capacity for 1,800 to park their bikes with each hangar having six spaces.

The council has decided to focus the next stage of its bike hangar programme on housing estates. In the current phase, 30 hangars will be sited in Roehampton, which is relatively poorly served by public transport. Going forwards, the council says that 20 per cent of all bike hangars will be ringfenced for housing estates.

This forms part of the Council’s investment into active travel within its Future Streets Strategy. Consultations on the next phase of bike hangar installations will begin this spring.

The rollout is set to be boosted by the addition of two more manufacturers, Falco and CyclePod, which will be employed alongside the existing provider CycleHoop. This should speed up the production and availability of hangars.

Cllr Fraser added, “Supporting cycling as a means of transport and improving key infrastructure for both cyclists and pedestrians are key priorities for the council as part of our Future Streets Strategy.

“Most journeys in the city are actually very short and could easily and quickly be completed by bike or on foot. Not only are walking and cycling much better for people’s health and well-being, they also help improve the air we all breathe. That’s why we are working hard to make it easier for people to choose these forms of travel.

“Hangars offer residents a safe and secure way to store their bikes when not in use. This is especially important for residents living in flats who don’t have the room to store their bikes indoors and for households that own a number of bicycles.

“Increasing the supply of secure residential cycle parking will play a pivotal role in achieving our target for 78 per cent of trips by residents to be by walking, cycling and public transport by 2030.”

Residents can request a bike hangar for their street via the council’s website.

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