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Friday, 28 April 2017

Automated Cycle Parking in London

It was great to hear about automated cycle parking this week. We attended the Bicycle Association (BA) Spring meeting in London on Tuesday, and part of the meeting was to hear from Nick Knight of EcoCycle.

Automated cycle parking is very like automated car parking. You would take your bicycle to one of these units, push it into a slot and the bike is taken into the secure facility and parked in a stack. The idea from Japan enables lots of bikes to be parked securely in a small space, and can even be located underground with just a small kiosk at street level.



With a growing cycle network and number of cycle journeys, cycle parking could definitely become an issue - we don't want the footpaths in cities to just be lined with parked bikes. This is a simple and effective solution. Because the facility is secure, only you can retrieve your bike, you can also leave any luggage and your cycle helmet strapped to your bike.

I think that electric bike users would be really happy to use something like this. In the not to distant future there may even be charging facilities so that when you return your bike is charged and ready to go!



Ralph and I were please to go to Southwark after the meeting to see a prototype in action. Nick explained that these units could be used for public parking, for businesses to install for staff parking or for new residential developments as resident parking.


A small device would be securely fitted to the bike so that the parking machine can recognise it when it arrives. Customers will be able to retrieve their bikes with either a card or a smart phone.


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