Provide decent cycle parking in new developments
The Council has had policies and guidance to support for many years this but time and again provision falls well short of what is needed from the point of view of security and convenience of use. Often the wrong sort of bike rack is used, or is poorly positioned, sometimes with no or inadequate shelter or secuity. This applies to residential (esp flats); employment and retail.
It is really just a question of officers being aware of what is needed, examining submitted plans closely and asking the developer to improve their proposal if inadequate/sub-standard. Relying on conditioning cycle parking reduces the chances of a good result. A more thorough approach wouldn't cost the council anything extra. It isn't only Bristol that has this issue, it seems to be a problem in other areas too.
Why the contribution is important
If adequate cycle paking is not provided in new development, this will limit growth in cycling for day to day travel, as part of our transport solution, however much is done to improve on road safety and experience. It is a particular issue for flats-if you can't store a bike securely, you are unlikely to use a bike. It is easier to get it right at the new build stage than to retrofit.
by user197097 on December 04, 2013 at 05:28PM