Dozens of bike storage shelters to be installed due to huge demand

A further 70 units will be installed across Glasgow following a successful pilot scheme.

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New bike storage shelters will be installed across Glasgow due to huge demand.

A further 70 units will be placed around the city, with work set to begin by the end of February.

The stores are part of a pilot scheme operated by Glasgow City Council in partnership with Cyclehoop, which is being extended due to the number of requests for spaces.

There have been calls for new shelters in 328 locations, with around 1400 people on waiting lists for existing units.

Cllr Anna Richardson, city convener for sustainability and carbon reduction, said: “There has been a fantastic response to the introduction of bike storage across the city and I am delighted that we are now extending the scheme.

“Almost all of the spaces in the first stores have been taken up and there is still significant demand from other bike owners for on-street storage.

“We’ve been through the waiting list as well as the request for new stores and we’ve looked at other household information to determine where best to site this next phase of bike stores.

“A lack of suitable storage for bikes has been regularly raised as a problem for people who live in flats and tenements. 

“Hopefully having access to the stores will make it easier for residents to cycle more regularly and see cycling as a viable and sustainable form of everyday transport.”

The roll out began in May last year, with Cyclehoop, appointed by the council to deliver the scheme, installing 61 shelters. The extension is being delivered within the current £490,000, three-year contract.

Around 70% of Glasgow’s homes are in flats or tenements, where safe places to store bikes can be difficult to find. 

The bikehanger shelters, which can hold six bikes, will be available to residents for a fee of £6 per month. 

Cyclists can visit the Cyclehoop Rentals website and enter their postcode to find the nearest location to their home.

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