Residents of the Iffley and St Mary’s areas in Oxford are set to benefit from several secure cycle storage facilities to allow them to keep their bikes safer from theft.
Plans to be considered by Oxfordshire County Council are for 104 new secure cycle storage spaces along eight streets between Iffley and Cowley Road from The Plain to Bullingdon Road.
Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Feedback from residents in Oxford has outlined that secure cycle parking is one of the key issues that would make a difference in choosing cycling over other modes of local transport.
“This, combined with other supporting measures included in the recently awarded Active Travel grant, will help to boost rates of cycling in Oxford as part of our commitment to developing a comprehensive cycle infrastructure for the city.”
The need for secure on-street cycle parking in this part of Oxford has been identified by Thames Valley Police in response to a problem with cycle theft in the area.
Secure cycle storage will encourage greater levels of cycling in the area and across the city in support of the goals of the Oxford Transport Strategy to help reduce congestion and emissions. The news comes at the same time as the delivery of the proposals for low traffic neighbourhoods funded by the £2.9 million awarded by the Department for Transport from its second round of the active travel grant.
Once fitted, the stands will be maintained by the city council on the county council’s behalf. The Streetpod product by the Cyclepods company allows eight bikes to be parked securely in the same amount of space used to park an average-sized car – 5m by 1.8m. When used correctly, the front wheel of a bicycle is automatically secured when its frame is locked to the Streetpod stand.
A consultation on the provision of secure parking on the carriageway in these eight streets was carried out in November and December 2020. While there were some objections to the proposals, in general, there was strong support overall for the plans.
Around five on-road parking spaces will need to be removed across the eight streets to provide space for the storage areas. Where possible, any space lost will be replaced by alternative spaces close by.
Providing secure cycle parking on the roadside will help remove bikes parked against property boundary walls and signposts which often partially block pavements, creating a hazard for people with visual and mobility issues.
Councillor Constance, Cabinet Member for Transport, will make the initial Cabinet-delegated decision at a public meeting on the proposed LTNs on 21 January.