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Bike hangars

A new form of bicycle parking is being offered – free of charge – to employers in south Essex.

Organisations based in Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock, or the Essex towns of Basildon, Castle Point, Grays, Lakeside and Rochford can apply for a “bike hangar” to be installed on their premises. The hangar – worth nearly £3,000 – will be provided free of charge; the employer pays just £300 to cover the cost of delivery and installation.

Bike hangars are lockable shelters that provide secure, weatherproof storage for up to four bikes. Inside the hangar there are locking points to which users secure their bikes. For extra security the hangar door can also be locked. Users are provided with keys.

The bike hangar scheme is part of the Forward Motion programme a new initiative to encourage people to think differently about the way they travel in south Essex. The aim is to make it easier for people to access education, jobs and skills using healthy, physically active forms of travel such as walking and cycling. Additional benefits of the project include better air quality, lower carbon emissions, and reduced traffic congestion. Forward Motion is being delivered by South Essex Active Travel, a collaboration between Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock Councils. The initiative is funded by the Department for Transport.

Bike hangars are a great way for employers to provide cyclists with safe and convenient storage for their bikes. Bike hangars are a Dutch invention and are commonplace on business premises across the Netherlands. They’re a stylish, modern way to provide secure cycle storage. Several hangars can be can be joined together to form a longer row if additional parking is needed. If required, they can be moved easily to a new location.

To date, four bike hangars have been installed. The first went to Cantel Medical (UK) based in Shoeburyness. Neil Blewitt, Managing Director commented: “Cantel are dedicated to improving employee health and well-being, and having a bike hangar installed on-site is a positive step in our plans. Thank you to ForwardMotion and ParkThatBike for this fantastic scheme – we look forward to putting it to good use.”

Any organisation that can demonstrate a commitment to cycling and sustainable travel is welcome to apply for a free bike hangar. A ForwardMotion travel advisor will visit the applicant to offer activities such as cycle skills training, guided rides, cycle maps and help with route planning and bike maintenance – all free of charge. Applicants are expected to book at least one activity before they receive their bike hangar.

Apply online here or phone 01594 564 344 and ask for an application form.