Cyclepods and Thames Valley Police have completed the provision of 104 secure cycle parking spaces across East Oxford as part of their Safer Streets initiative.

The need for providing secure on-street cycle parking in East Oxford was identified by Thames Valley Police in response to a significant problem with cycle theft in the area. In summer 2020, TVP received funding from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund for measures that would cut crime in the area. Oxford has high rates of cycle theft and many residents in the inner East Oxford area have limited options to park their bikes securely.

Consultation on the provision of secure parking on the carriageway in these eight streets was carried out in November and December 2020 and there was considerable support for the provision of additional secure cycle parking.

A door-to-door survey carried out by TVP revealed that of the 170 bike owners questioned, 128 felt that additional public bike stands would make the area safer to own and keep a bike.

The majority of supportive comments made by respondents were on the grounds that bike theft is a real issue for residents and visitors alike and that providing additional secure bicycle parking would not only encourage more people to cycle but would also help to free footways of informally parked bikes, making it easier and safer for people to walk for local journeys.

Proposals were drawn up by county officers for eight streets between Iffley and Cowley Road from The Plain to Bullingdon Road. Having liaised with the county and city councils, TVP settled on the Streetpod BikeBay which would allow 8 bicycles to be parked securely in the same amount of space used to park an average sized car (5m by 1.8m).

Benefits of the Streetpod BikeBay;

  • 8 cycle parking spaces in 1 car space
  • Diamond Sold Secure rating
  • Security bollards & signage
  • Open for all residents and visitors
  • No management system required
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Fits in one car parking space

With the addition of security bollards with reflective strips to protect the BikeBay from cars and information signage, the BikeBay holds 8 bikes securely in just one car parking space and doesn’t infringe on pavement space.

Overall, across the eight streets, space for parking for 104 bicycles was provided for residents with the loss of only 5 car parking spaces!

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