Bike Parking Solutions for Public Transport Hubs

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Secure bike parking is seeing increased integration at public transport hubs on busy urban corridors, encouraging cycling uptake for commuters. In turn this is helping to reduce reliance on car travel, as well as the demand for car parking spaces at these high-traffic and often high-density settings.

To make cycling more accessible for commuters in getting to and from the transport hub, bike parking solutions need to be convenient, easy to use, provide enough capacity so that users are always assured of a parking space, and offer security levels that provide reassurance for users.

Essential Requirements for Setting

Bike parking & storage solutions for public transport hubs need to:

It can be highly beneficial for larger facilities to provide access to practical features like bike pumps and repair tools to offer users on-the-go maintenance, as well as additional amenities such as showers, changing rooms, and personal lockers. It’s also worth considering that public bike parking facilities are required to be capable of passing Secured by Design Level 2 testing, or at least Level 1 if the facility is installed in a secured environment.

Public Bike Parking Standards

Installing secure bike parking in urban settings such as public transport hubs will raise its own specific requirements. The Bicycle Association and Cycle Rail Working Group have published their Standards for Public Cycle Parking guide that outlines the requirements for public bike parking in the UK. In addition, a summary of these requirements can be found in the following article on UK Bike Parking Standards.

As a concept, public transport hubs are already widely established in a number of European cities, and are increasingly spreading in the UK. The city of Cambridge recently developed a new bike park at the city’s railway station, constructed as part of their station redevelopment in 2016, accommodating nearly 3,000 bikes in an effort to provide secure bike parking for commuters and city residents.

Earlier this year, a substantial underwater bike parking garage opened at Amsterdam’s Centraal Station, the result of a 4-year, €60m investment. The structure holds space for 11,000 bikes in total, and, remarkably, is only the second largest bike parking facility in the Netherlands. Utrecht’s Stationsplein is considered the largest bike parking facility in the world, with space for 12,500 bikes.

Bike Parking Solutions

Bike stands and racks, when installed as a standalone installation, can be appropriate for settings that require small to medium capacity storage for short-term use. For public transport hubs, combining these with an open or enclosed unit to improve security and provide effective shelter is crucial for accommodating longer term use.

Secure, long-term bike storage solutions for public transport hubs include:

Bike Parking Solutions with urbanspec

As sustainability strategies and urban planning develops, the requirement for innovative, high-quality bike parking products at public transport hubs is increasing. Offering an extensive product line that spans bike stands, racks, shelters, lockers, stores and hub buildings, bike parking and storage solutions from urbanspec utilise an integrated design and engineering methodology that combines volume manufacture with custom build capability.

The prevention of bike theft is central to urbanspec product design, with bike hubs, bike stores and bike modules able to meet Secure By Design specifications, accredited by Sold Secure. Access control options for bike stores and hubs, such as mechanical keypad and smartphone access systems, are accommodated within a high-quality steel door and frame design, enabling users to have confidence that their bikes will be safely stored in use.

A substantial resource and knowledge base enables urbanspec to simplify specifications, utilising CAD models, NBS specifications and datasheets available for download. Supporting CPD programmes provide clarity on the optimal approach to aspects such as security considerations and effective space planning.