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Biggest cycle hangar rollout in London to start in October

Work to start installing 675 new bike hangars in Hackney will begin in October – giving local residents more secure hangar space than any other borough in London.

The news comes after the Council signed a partnership with cycle hangar manufacturer Grease Monkey, who will help the Council more than double the number of hangars in the next three years to 1,325.

The 15-year contract will see the new bike hangers installed in Hackney by 2026, supporting an additional 4,000 people without space in their homes to store bikes safely on the street.

Hackney is London’s capital of cycling, with a higher proportion of people cycling than anywhere else. It’s hoped that the new cycle hangars will significantly reduce the number of people waiting for a cycle parking space, which currently stands at over 6,000 people, and help people cycle more.

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport said:

“We know that there are thousands of people in Hackney who want to cycle but don’t have somewhere to store their bike. We already have more bike hangars than anywhere else but I’m delighted that this rollout is the biggest in the country – supporting more people to cycle, helping to reduce air pollution and creating a greener, healthier borough.”

David Wray, Managing Director of Grease Monkey said:

“Hackney Council is leading the way in terms of enabling a positive mobility shift towards active travel and we at Grease Monkey are delighted to be working in partnership with them to deliver such an ambitious project. Selecting UK manufactured products further benefits their climate action plan commitments by reducing the overall carbon footprint from a big picture perspective as the choices for mobility in Hackney are increased.”

Installations of the new hangars will begin next month, with areas with the highest demand for spaces in hangars from residents being prioritised in the first phase of installations.

Fifty hangars will be installed by the end of 2023, a further 75 between January and March 2024, and then 96 per quarter from April 2024 until 2026.

New secure cycle hangars are a key part of the Council’s climate action plan because they help more people to cycle, in turn reducing pollution and carbon emissions from transport.

Residents will pay £48 per year for a space on-street or £34 a year on estates, which will help to fund future investment in new cycle hangars as they are needed.

Residents who want to register their interest for a space in a hangar can do so by visiting hackney.gov.uk/cycle-hangar

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