September 17, 2020
The news that TFL are preparing to rapidly expand physical infrastructure dedicated to cycling will have been welcome news for the millions across the capital who are returning to work, but wish to avoid the use of public transport due to the increased risk of virus transmission.
Cycle traffic is now predicted to increase 10-fold this year, and with new bicycle lanes being rapidly rolled out to accommodate demand for active modes of transport, clean, green and sustainable travel will be right at the heart of London’s recovery.
The other critical element to a sustainable step-change in cycle usage is the provision of secure storage at both ends of the journey; many responsible employers make provision but creating this at home can be very challenging, particularly for the 43% of the capitals population that live in flats.
This is covered by planning policy for new builds, but significant challenges will emerge for landlords of older properties that were not designed to meet these standards, as users attempt to store them within their homes or communal spaces, increasing fire-load and blocking their means of escape.
Cycle sales have rocketed in the last few months, but sadly cycle thefts have also risen alarmingly too; as criminal gangs armed with cordless angle-grinders become increasingly brazen, it is becoming even more critical that we increase the level of security that we provide with our communal stores.
Locations with good surveillance are essential, but ensuring that facilities meet the highest levels of security is paramount. Specifiers should insist that the outer shell of cycle stores in the public domain should meet LPS 1175 SR3 as a minimum standard, and preferably SR4.
Storage should also be made accessible for all, with the latest app-based location, booking and billing of facilities on a pay as you go basis. This gives Councils the capability to actually track and monitor the outcomes from their investment, in terms of increasingly sustainable forms of travel.