Partner Blog from Cyclepods

It has been a great start to 2018 so far at Cyclepods – business is booming and the team have managed to get back to being fairly healthy and active after the Christmas lull. Mountain biking has taken hold in place of our usual road riding, although Luc is still bravely commuting by bike most days through snow, sleet and sub-zero temperatures.

We are happy to announce that we are continuing our free Scooterpod giveaway and product discounts for 2018 Modeshift members! You can claim your free Scooterpod for 2018 from 1st April until 31st March 2019, one Scooterpod per Local Authority. Your discounts on our Streetpods, Minipods and Scooterpods are limitless and also extend to schools and organisations within your LA if you are a Modeshift member!

As you may know by now, we at Cyclepods love to mix technology and cycle parking to provide more advanced and efficient ways for people to store their bikes. We have already created secure access control technology linked to smart travelcards and state-of-the-art cycle hubs, and now we are pioneering Bike Detection!

Just before the new year, Cyclepods completed a milestone project for London Midland Trains who installed our optical bike detections systems across several stations to go alongside the new cycle parking facilities that Cyclepods also provided. They are the first UK adopters of the system!

So, what is Bike Detection? Well, have you ever driven to a large shopping centre or multi storey carpark? If so you may have seen the large signs indicating which levels and areas have free car parking spaces and which are full. Bike Detection is this, except for bikes (obviously).

From a cycle user point of view, bike detection systems work by feeding real-time information on cycle storage occupancy to LED signs on bike routes and in cycle storage facilities, as well as mobile apps, to let them know where the vacant spaces are for them to store their bikes.

When used in cycle hubs or storage facilities, this makes parking your bike a more streamlined and efficient process and eliminates the need to go hunting amongst the racks for a space. If used across larger areas, such as boroughs or towns, the signs on bike routes help guide cyclists when on the go to free racks. Or they can access the mobile app before heading off to plan the end of their journey at a free parking space near to their desired destination!

From a provider or facility manager point of view, bike detection not only provides real-time data on occupancy levels, but also long-term usage data which show trends in occupancy related to time of day, day of week etc., as well as any potential growth in cycle journeys.

The data helps to show if your racks are being used by cyclists, justifying investment in cycle parking facilities. Or perhaps if you were to see one set of racks being used more often than others, it is an indication that there is an issue in the lesser used racks, e.g. the location isn’t great, or they have been damaged. The data also provides evidence on usage when considering future investment in cycle parking, particularly useful when negotiating for funding for expanding existing or new facilities!

To find out more about the London Midland project please visit the case study page on our website –

To download our Bike Detection brochure and find out more about how the system works, please visit our website here –

Or get in touch with us! Email Chris Tsielepi at



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