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What’s The Future For E-mobility In 2021?

What’s The Future For E-mobility In 2021?

We’ve used batteries our whole lives, from phones to toothbrushes, they’re everywhere. But while the battery might be relatively old tech, only now could it be set to revolutionise the way we move.

Electric car technology is still more expensive than internal combustion engines, but e-scooter and e-bike sales have been surging as people seek socially-distanced, Covid compliant modes of transport. E-mobility is set for more rapid expansion this year.

The e-scooter market value is predicted to hit £20 billion by 2025, with a strong post-pandemic recovery forecasted. However, they still face laws, regulation, and infrastructure questions. E-bike sales took off last year too, but what’s needed to encourage people to actively ride them?

Behavioural changes

Well before we’d even heard of the coronavirus, what were primary considerations when it came to travel?

According to new data, time to destination, convenience, price, privacy and avoiding congestion all ranked higher than risk of infection. Unsurprisingly, following the Covid-19 outbreak, risk of infection is now the primary reason people choose mode of transport.

This has produced an increase in private car use, but is also producing a boom in walking, cycling, and micromobility services.

As well as stopping the spread of infection, climate change has a big part to play too. Upcoming bans on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles have already been put in place by many countries, with many more expected to join.

The time for green, covid-compliant transport, then, seems straightforward. But it’s not without obstacles.

E-scooter rental trials

Last year, Halfords saw a surge in e-scooter sales following the pandemic. But hang on, aren’t they illegal on UK roads? Technically yes, and that’s part of the reason journeys being made on private scooters remain low.

Originally scheduled for later this year, e-scooter rental trials for UK cities were given the green light in the wake of the Coronavirus. Fleets of hire scooters could, then, be the norm in big UK cities by the end of the year, mimicking successful schemes in Paris and Lisbon.

But crucially, the majority of people using these fleets in Lisbon are tourists – not locals. So how can this be changed to encourage commuters?

Perhaps it’s convenient bay locations, better affordability, and better infrastructure extending to residential areas. The signs are certainly there that e-scooters have the popularity to succeed, but these questions will need answering.

An E-bike revolution?

e-bike e-mobility rental schemes

Now that batteries are lighter, longer-lasting, and more powerful, the benefits of e-bikes are coming to light.

They’re a quick, efficient, and accessible way to move. Removing fitness barriers and stopping you ever arriving at important meetings covered sweat, they’re well-suited to urban travel.

Last year, popular cycle to work schemes removed the £1,000 value limit on bikes and with that, introduced e-bikes to the scheme.

That move has been credited with an uptick in e-bike sales. Removing a chunk of the price tag adds to the climate and covid friendly benefits of e-bikes.

It has been touted that the fleet of Santander bikes – or Boris bikes – in London are set to go electric in 2021. But like e-scooters, there are hurdles to overcome.

Dockless bike companies have faced difficulties in the UK with abandoned and stolen bikes, plus criticism that bikes left on pavements are dangerous for the visually-impaired and other disabilities.

Last year, Uber’s Jump merged with Lime, and their e-bike fleet is currently leading the London market. How new companies manage with the dilemmas of security, battery charging and swapping, and usability will hinge on whether we’ll see hundreds of new e-bikes on our streets or not.

Better infrastructure and parking?

Despite the new technology and affordability of e-scooters and e-bikes, without the right infrastructure, they’re unlikely to reach full potential.

Recent e-scooter research concluded that parking locations need to be right to encourage use. Rather than simply increasing the volume of e-scooters in any given city, the location of parking bays is what is going to make the difference.

For e-bike storage, charging stations for privately owned bikes are likely to pop up more frequently, and finding a way to safely park dockless fleets will remain a priority.

More bikes increases the need for cyclist-friendly racks and shelters, too. For people with e-bikes, which tend to be more expensive than other models, you’ll need added protection and security.

And what about on the roads? Segregated cycle lanes have proved to be the surefire way of keeping cyclists safe from traffic. The more that are installed, the more likely new consumers are to actively use e-bikes across UK cities in a safe manner.

If E-mobility can resolve and adapt to these challenges, it has all the ingredients to change the way we move.

10 Things Beginner Road Cyclists Need To Know

Just bought your first road bike? Maybe you’ve had one for years, with no idea how to get started? Here are 10 things every beginner road cyclist should know.

1. Bring water and food

Almost all road bikes will either have a bottle cage fitted, or certainly the mounts to fit one. And they’re there for a reason – you’re going to need water! Dehydration is your worst enemy, so drinking little and often, totalling to about one full bottle per hour, will ensure you can keep pedalling for longer.

As you increase your distance, that’s when eating will really count. Just like a car needs petrol, your body needs carbohydrates to operate. You’ll notice your energy levels quickly deplete if you’re not proactively snacking on the bike. Consider taking flapjacks, energy bars, rice-cakes, or even sweets, to give a mix of different carbohydrates.

2. Get the right equipment

If there’s one thing you absolutely need to use it’s a helmet. No matter the distance or speed, get into the habit of wearing one. Most are so lightweight and comfortable, you’ll barely notice it.

Beyond that, there’s nothing you have to wear, but a good pair of cycling shorts will vastly improve your comfort. The chamois (the padded bit!) will prevent any chafing or discomfort, and the lycra will even make you slightly faster too. By the way, there’s no need for underwear.

3. Check your bike before every ride

To avoid roadside mechanical issues, make sure your bike is checked out before you go out. Pump up your tyres to the recommended pressure (this should be written on the sidewall of the tyre), check nothing is loose, and most importantly that your brakes are fully working.

Check out the M-check from Sustrans to learn more.

10 tips bike check beginner road cyclist

4. Bring a spare inner tube and multi tool

I hate to break it to you, but one day you’ll suffer the pain of a puncture on the road. If you’ve got similar luck to me, it’s going to happen at the farthest possible point from home. But don’t fear, if you have a spare inner tube, you can quickly replace the tube without faffing with puncture repair kits.

Take the punctured home, repair it there, and stick it in your saddle bag or back pocket for the next ride.

A multi-tool will mean you can tighten a wobbly seat post or headset, and fix most simple mechanical problems on your cycle, too.

5. Plan your route

For the first few rides, it’s a good idea to keep your route local and well-known to you. Keeping your proximity to home means you can turn back if you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, or you suffer any mechanical problems.

Once you’ve started to build confidence, you can plot new routes. One of the joys of cycling is finding new roads and lanes, so don’t be afraid to start experimenting. You can consider taking your bike on the train and cycling home, giving you a satisfying point-to-point ride.

6. Bring your phone with you

If you do get stuck somewhere, having your phone in your pocket means you can ring for a lift if necessary. It’s good for mapping your route if you get lost, or finding the nearest shop to buy water or snacks.

Consider bringing a little cash too, as some more remote shops might either have a minimum spend for cards, or will be cash only.

7. Clipping in

Being attached to your bicycle can be a daunting thought at first. But if you want to level-up your cycling, learning how to use clipless pedal systems will make your pedalling more efficient, adding comfort and stability too.

Once you’ve bought the right shoes and pedals, practice in your garden or your local park first. Get comfortable twisting in and out on soft ground and it will soon become second nature on the roads.

8. Take it easy

Keep your pace nice and steady at the start. Adopt a relaxed position on the bike, don’t grip the handlebars overly tightly, and keep your arms slightly bent to help absorb bumps in the road.

This will help keep your heart rate down, meaning you can stay comfortable for longer. Once you get your muscles used to cycling, and your fitness goes up, you’ll recognise how often you can push yourself, and when to take it steady.
Learning how to maximise your bike’s gears will help. As a general rule, to pedal ‘easier’ and for going up hills, stick to the smallest cog at the front, and the biggest cog on your rear cassette.

9. Discover your own style of cycling

Do you like going far? Prefer to keep it short? Maybe you prefer climbing rather than sprinting on the flat? Once you build up your mileage, you’ll find you soon develop a preferred style of riding.

It could be multi-day epics or short lunch hour spins, but to discover what’s right for you keep trying new things and slowly push yourself further and further. It’s immensely satisfying to break new barriers and see how you gradually progress.

10 tips cycling enjoy the ride

10. Enjoy the ride!

With apps like Strava, Komoot, or even Instagram and Facebook, you’re bound to follow people who regularly post 100km plus rides, at a pace that can be hard to comprehend.

Ignore that, and realise that it’s not about the numbers, it’s about how you feel on the bike. Cycling is great for body and mind, and a perfect way to explore new places and meet new people. Enjoy it!

Turvec Guide To International Cycle Parking Standards

What makes quality cycle parking? Usability? Safety? Durability?

When designed and installed correctly, cycle parking should be meeting all these criteria. And it’s cycle parking industry standards that aim to ensure that level of care and consistency.

But there isn’t a universal international cycle parking standard, instead there are national and regional standards and handbooks. How do they compare?

We’ve designed this guide to provide an overview of important standards documents. Laying out the main points of each, and comparing their similarities and differences.

The Netherlands

dutch bike parking

The Netherlands have one of the world’s best cycling reputations. Famed for their cycling infrastructure, the parking standards guide is, as you’d expect, detailed and well thought out.

FietsParKeur is the name of the most widely used cycle parking standard. Its aims are to guarantee quality, durability, and user-friendliness across bicycle parking.

In 1999, in collaboration with various manufacturers, designers, buyers, policymakers, and user representative bodies like Fietserbond (an association representing Dutch cyclists), the foundation began testing and awarding certification for cycle parking systems.

There are over 30 requirements that need to be met. No matter the system–two-tier, bike locker, or otherwise–it will need to comply with requirements including usability, preventing bicycle damage, and durability.

Bicycle parking systems are tested and certified twice a year by the independent Board of Experts. To guide this process, there is a Standard Document for Bicycle Parking Systems. It was recently developed in 2019 and is known as FietsParKeur 2.0.

The document separates the different types of bicycle parking into three categories.

  • Single layer (single-tier parking)
  • Multi layer (two-tier parking)
  • Vertical (vertical bicycle parking spaces)

All systems must meet a selection of basic requirements. Here’s a run down of the key criteria:

  • The parking system states that the minimum distance, centre-to-centre, between two parked bicycles must be no less than 375mm.
  • For systems with moving parts, such as two-tier racks, the movements must be monitored, and moved gradually. That means that if letting go of the system at any point means uncontrolled movement, consequently causing danger to the use, it won’t meet the standard.
  • The surfaces of the cycle rack must be smooth, with no rough patches from incorrect welding, again to protect the safety of the user.
  • When using the system correctly, no damage should be caused to the bicycle. For example, by sharp protruding objects or friction of parts.
  • The contact points, for example the handles, of the system must not be made of metal, but a powder coated finish is permitted.

Following these basic requirements, distinctions are made depending on the system. This includes:

  • You must be able to use the system with both hands once the bicycle is in the rack, i.e. you don’t have to use a hand to hold the bike in place.
  • There’s also data on separate groups – elderly and children – for which the maximum height and force needed to use the racks must not exceed. For example, the threshold power in newtons that an adult can operate the rack is listed as 200.
  • There are maximum loading times given, too. For short-term parking (leaving the bike no longer than an hour), it’s five seconds; for long-term parking (longer than an hour) the time is 20 seconds.
  • Racks need to withstand 15,000 movements to pass durability recommendations. If the system passes 30,000 movements, it can be considered ‘future-proof’.

Denmark

The Danish ‘Bicycle Parking Manual’ was drawn up 2010, following concern that despite a high volume of cycle lanes, cycle parking in the country wasn’t adequate.

It outlines recommendations for dimensions of public street parking, with advice on different cycle parking systems added too.

The manual provides ‘typical’ bicycle dimensions of 1800mm length, 1250mm in height, and 500-700mm width.

Therefore, a distance of 600mm between stands is suggested to meet their standard. If necessary, ‘ordinary’ bicycles may be 500mm, but suggests when at this distance there is a tendency that cyclists will just use every other stand instead. Conversely, if the gap is 700mm, then the system risks bikes being double parked within the gap.

As for aisle width, the manual suggests a 1750mm between perpendicular cycle racks.

For angled parking, the distance between two bikes of 400-500mm is listed as acceptable, with the aisle width also decreasing to 1000mm – with just one side of access.

Australia

australian cycle parking envelope

Australian Standards are guided by the AS 2890.3 (2015). It’s a 36 page document and was developed with industry leaders.

The standards contain guidance on ensuring that bike stores have suitable racks for all bicycle types and sizes, and that spacing and aisle widths are accessible.

Here’s an overview of some of the key criteria:

  • Dimensions wise, the standards set out an ‘envelope’, which is the overall footprint in which each bike must fit and not overlap. This envelope is 1800mm in length, 1200mm tall, and 500mm wide.
  • The standards separate parking systems into static and dynamic, which is unique amongst the standards documents in this guide.
  • For static racks (that’s a rack with no moving parts, in a fixed position), they must follow the previously mentioned envelope, with a point to point distance of no less than 500mm.
  • For dynamic racks (a rack where the bike is moved dynamically with the rack into position), the envelope may be reduced to 400mm. But only if there is a 300mm vertical or horizontal offset between adjacent bikes. This counts only for dynamic systems, so for example if the lower tier of a two-tier system is static, the distance can’t be reduced to 400mm.
  • Double tier bicycle parking must have a lift assist mechanism to allow ease of access to the upper tier. If the bikes aren’t staggered on the upper tier, then a 700mm envelope distance must be obeyed.
  • Within the bicycle parking system, an access aisle (the passageway) between racks has to be free of obstacles. This can, however, comprise a shared space, like a pavement or driveway. The minimum aisle width for horizontal and vertical parking is 1500mm. Multi-tier parking and bicycle lockers 2000mm.
  • Finally, there is an additional requirement in the document which states that a bike parking facility must include a minimum of 20% ground level, horizontal parking spaces. This ensures that those unable to lift bikes, or owners of non-standard bikes, have somewhere to park.

The United Kingdom

two tier bike rack required height uk

So, what about cycle parking standards in the UK? Currently, the most comprehensive standards are those set by the London Cycling Design Standards (LCDS) document.

The LCDS says cycle parking should be:

  • Fit for purpose
  • Secure
  • Well located

Parking should accommodate different types of cycle, including hand cycles, tricycles, and tandems. They also recommend an inclusive approach, with a focus on step-free access, sign-posting parking correctly, and reserving places for disabled access wherever possible.

For Sheffield stands and other tubular street parking, the LCDS suggest a bay width of 2000 mm, and a minimum of 1000mm, but recommended 1200mm spacing between stands.

For two-tier systems, TFL recommends a minimum aisle width of 2500mm (beyond the lowered frame) to allow bikes to be loaded. If there are racks either side of the aisle, this increases to 3500mm. The minimum height requirement for two-tier systems is 2600mm.

Turvec find that the 2500mm recommended loading distance is overly generous, and from experience 1800mm-2000mm is adequate.

The document adds that, for two-tier, careful consideration must be given to ensure that: the stands minimise conflict with pedestrians; there is enough ‘natural surveillance’ to ensure users are confident to lock and leave their bike; that the design means bicycles can be locked by securing at least one wheel and the frame to the system.

Summary

Each of these three standards are set out in their own way, with different areas of focus, and most crucially, distinct dimensions.

The LCDS standards are directed specifically at London and its high density street parking demands, whereas the Australian standards are more focused around cycle stores parking systems. For the FietsParKeur, the guidelines are specific on the use of materials and overall usability.

The envelope created by the Australian standards provides a simple method of calculating dimensions across different systems.

Directly comparing dimensions, the minimum centre-to-centre distance between bikes varies quite dramatically. The AS2890.3 gives 500mm, whereas the FietsParKeur document states 375mm.

When it comes to aisle width between two-tier systems, the Australian standards suggest 2000mm, compared to 2500 for the LCDS. In Denmark, this distance is reduced to just 1750mm.

Other than dimension comparisons, there is a focus on usability across all documents. Ease-of-use and safety, for both the cyclist and the bicycle, are the central concepts.

At Turvec, we’ll continue to monitor the development of new standards both in the UK and internationally.

5 Tips To Complete The Rapha Festive 500

500 kilometres. In seven days. From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. It may sound extreme, but the Rapha Festive 500, now in its eleventh edition, has seen 500,00 people attempt, and 126,000 complete the holiday challenge over the years.

The Festive 500 began in the UK as a challenge on Strava, where users could collect a well-earned badge for completing the challenge. Since then, it’s grown into a much larger global event, and ultimately a celebration of cycling.

In 2020, indoor training counts towards the 500. Not everyone will be able to get out on the roads thanks to Covid-19. So instead, you can swap muddy winter roads for virtual tarmac and your turbo trainer.

If you want to finish the year on a real high and complete the challenge, here are some tips to help you on your way.

1. Plan your days and routes

With only seven days to work with, you’re going to have to meticulously plan which days you’re on the bike, and which days you’re ploughing through a tin of chocolates.

If you have to work, you could try extending your commute, or squeezing in smaller rides in the early morning and evening to chip away at the distance.

There are plenty of great long-distance routes in the UK, with a varied mix of on and off-road routes to explore.

2. Get your nutrition right

Stock up on on-the-bike snacks, energy gels and drinks. You’re going to need them. It can be hard in Winter to remember to keep drinking, so make sure to keep regularly taking on fluids.

Eating enough on the bike is going to determine how well your body recovers after each day. The more food you can take on, the better your body is going to feel for the next effort.

3. Wrap up!

Getting your clothing right will affect how comfortable you’re going to feel on the bike. And let’s be honest, it’s going to rain. If there’s one item worth in investing in it’s a breathable and 100% waterproof jacket.

Overshoes, gloves, head-warmers, winter base layers–you name it, you’ll need it.

4. Call on a friend

The festive period is a great chance to catch up with friends. Under coronavirus restrictions, this is looking unlikely to happen in the pub, so why not ask them to join you on a ride?

Cycling with someone you know can make the miles disappear quicker, and you’ll be able to draft in their wheel to save some watts.

5. Keep it flat

To be clear, that’s your route-planning, not your tyres. We’d advise keeping your tyres well inflated, but keeping your heart rate down. Unless you want to give yourself an even bigger aerobic challenge, it’s best to avoid the big hills.

With the Zwift and other indoor training programs at your mercy, you can choose a flat loop, put some music on, and tick off the kilometres in no time.

However you choose to complete the challenge, whether at home on your turbo or on muddy off-road trails, you’ll be able to end a questionable year on a satisfying note.

How Important Is E-Scooter Parking?

How Important Is E-Scooter Parking?

E-scooter sales in the UK have trebled this year. While still currently illegal to use on public roads, despite calls for this to be reversed, there can be no doubt they’re on the rise.

But rental schemes could be about to give the green light to e-scooters on UK roads. Trials have recently begun in several cities, with three companies given the go-ahead to roll-out their London fleets in Spring 2021.

But how central is parking to the new London scheme?

According to both a new report, and Transport for London (TfL), very. TfL have said they will hand over parking regulations to individual boroughs to help avoid clutter on pavements.

And the detailed report published by transport consultants Momentum and 6t has used Paris as a model for the viability of e-scooters in London. In Paris, rental schemes with dedicated parking have been largely successful. But can it be replicated in London?

Why e-scooter parking is central to new plans

The report focuses on the creation of a dense and robust parking network to make this work, where in Paris, between Spring 2019 and Autumn 2020, riders who completed their trips in allocated parking spots jumped from 35% to 97%.

TfL have reached the same conclusion, highlighting e-scooter parking as fundamental to the success of the rental trials. Therefore, operators will be required to fit the scooters with the requisite technology to park in designated areas or bays.

The concerns are that dockless e-scooters being parked without regulation will become safety hazards and obstructions on pavements, resulting in harm to pedestrians, especially mobility-impaired and visually impaired pedestrians.

The location of these bays is important, too. The Momentum and 6t report says that strategy will “greatly influence the end-users’ experience, and the efficiency of these services in contributing to modal shift, intermodality and social distancing in London.”

What are the suggestions of the report?

According to the report, to maximise their potential, e-scooters need to be used because they’re fast and convenient. That means ensuring they’re within reach of train stations and key high population density areas.

From an urban design perspective, the report suggests using existing car parking space for new e-scooter parking.The report points to parklets with green space and benches, which adhere to the Healthy Streets approach and can increase pedestrian footfall to the area.

To begin to replace car journeys, the exact parking locations must have a variety of origins. The report notes that in Paris, where trials have been successful, just 10% of trips are completed by car. This increases sharply in London, particularly Outer London, so parking and docking points need to cover shops and key stations to maximise use.

“Overall, the objectives of the e-scooter trials in London should be to demonstrate how e-scooters can provide relief to the public transport network in the short-term and reduce the mode share for cars (and thus air pollution and congestion) in the long-term,” the report says. “The parking strategy must be designed to facilitate the accomplishment of these ambitions.”

Cycle Parking In Build-to-Rent Developments

Build-to-Rent (BTR) developments in the Private Rental Sector (PRS) are booming. With over 150,000 new homes either complete, under construction or in planning by end of Q1 2020, that makes a 12% increase on the same period in 2019, with the BTR sector set to double in value by 2025.

Cycling is on the up, too. Post-coronavirus, cycling has become a way to get around town without using crowded public transport. Many people are either looking to complete more trips by bike, or are cycling for recreation and exercise.

So how can BTR buildings account for – and benefit from – the surge in cycling?

Why do BTR developments need cycle parking?

While there is still no national policy on required cycle parking spaces for residential buildings, the requirements are likely to grow. Savvy developers have over-provided parking spaces, planning well in advance for an anticipated uptake in cycling.

The most obvious reason for cycle storage–aside from planning requirements–is tenants won’t be storing their bicycles on their balconies, squeezing them into lifts, or carrying them through clean corridors. But beyond that, quality cycle storage is becoming desirable for tenants, and can act as a focal point for sustainability and cycling in the building.

Creating a welcoming place to store your bicycle will mean that no matter the person riding the bike, whether commuter or racer, and regardless of whether it’s an e-bike or cargo bike, you’ll feel encouraged to cycle and leave your bike in a secure, dedicated communal area.

Accommodating all bike types requires a variety of bike racks. That means sheffield stands with the required spacing for cargo bikes, specialist two-tier systems that protect more expensive e-bikes, spaces from children’s bikes, and surplus places to account for those with multiple bikes.

Custom branding, colour schemes and way-finding can turn cold, concrete stores into bright and functional spaces. Secure enclosures clad in timber fencing, or glass panels, with lighting and added CCTV, will make cycle storage an integral part of the building, rather than a necessary extra.

Building a cycling community

Build-to-Rent buildings are striving to create a strong sense of community, with examples including residents’ lounges, communal green spaces, and even free yoga sessions.

This can be extended to cycling, too. How about creating a Strava group for residents to share local bike rides? A cycle hub can act as the centrepoint, encouraging tenants to share cycling stories and maintenance tips.

For the serious cyclist, top-of-the-range bikes can cost as much as small cars. You can consider adding premium storage with personal keycard access to protect expensive bikes and add an extra level of security. For a monthly fee, they’ll know their bike is well looked after.

Separate, quick-access, and easy-to-use additional storage can be added for daily trips and regular commuters.

What are stand-out cycle storage features?

bike repair station build to rent cycle parking

A well-thought out cycle shelter with durable cycle racks should stand the test of time for future residents. A good example of this is the rapid rise in sales of e-bikes and scooters. Therefore, think about including e-bike charging points and even electric scooter docking stations.

If you’ve lived in a flat without outdoor space, you’ll know how tricky it is to wash and maintain your bike.

Repair stations and wash stations are a space and cost-efficient addition for cycle hubs. They’ll allow residents a place to look after their bike, without going to the local petrol station. These stations can be custom painted and have branding included, making them a stand out symbol that the building cares about cycling.

You can also consider hiring a bike mechanic or scheduling Dr Bike sessions to make monthly maintenance calls for a small resident fee.

Study Finds Cycle Infrastructure Encourages Cycling In Winter

Study Finds Link Between Quality Of Infrastructure And Cycling To Work In Bad Weather

In May this year, the number of people cycling in London grew faster than ever – 120% on the previous year, in fact.

Due to covid lockdown restrictions and the infection risks of public transport, cycling emerged as the optimal way to travel through the capital.

The question is, will they keep cycling through the winter?

The answer, contrary to popular belief, might not hinge on personal resilience to poor weather. Instead it may depend on the cycle lanes and networks they are travelling on.

New research from Germany has found there’s a strong correlation between the willingness to cycle in bad weather and the quality of the cycling infrastructure.

The Research

The study was conducted by the University of Münster in association with the Institute of Transport economics.

Looking at 30 German cities, they found a significant difference in the percentage of cyclists who continue to cycle through rain and bad weather.

Cities with an established cycling culture–Münster, Oldenburg, and Göttingen–saw no major drop in numbers of cyclists, whereas other cities saw much fewer cyclists than normal in adverse weather conditions.

The research paper highlights several key reasons. Younger demographics were found more likely to cycle in the rain, so were cities with an inherent ‘cycling culture’. But it was the density of cycle networks and infrastructure that was found to have the biggest impact.

Is it relevant to the UK?

The climate in Germany is similar to the UK, with broadly similar population density, too.

Cycling infrastructure, unlike the age of the population, can be directly affected by policy–‘If you build it, they will come.’

The research supports the notion that building new infrastructure can encourage cycling.

While it was relatively straightforward to encourage cycling in the UK’s first covid lockdown–with lower traffic levels and a warm summer–this research suggests that greater cycling infrastructure makes people more likely to ride in miserable conditions.

Road spray, potholes, and other downfalls of winter cycling on busy UK roads can potentially be remedied by continuing to overhaul cycle networks and further cycle lanes.

Read our full guide to commuting to work by bike here.

What Is A Cubic Cycle Shelter?

Cycle shelters provide cyclists with secure and weatherproof storage for their bikes, promote and encourage more commuters to ride to work, and minimise abandoned and stolen bicycles.

The Turvec Cubic is a cycle shelter that comes in different forms, finishes and sizes. It’s a highly customisable cycle storage option that can accommodate any number of parking spaces.

Here’s a lowdown of the Cubic, its functionality, finishes, and features.

Dimensions

The size of the Cubic is the first thing you need to consider. The height and width of the shelter will dictate what racks can be accommodated. This choice depends on a) the space you have available for the shelter, and b) the number of bike spaces you need to provide.

Generally speaking, two-tier racks increase the number of parking spaces, for example. This will require 2600mm internal clearance, resulting in a total shelter height of 3000mm.

Our standard 2400mm shelter heights, on the other hand, suit semi-vertical racks and other height-friendly cycle racks.

George, Commercial Director at Turvec: “Understanding the function of the Cubic informs our recommendation on size. A Cubic shelter with two-tier racks can provide high density parking spaces. It’s a common choice for larger shelters where maximising capacity is the main requirement.”

Gates

timber cubic clapham

Cubics can be open fronted, offering quick and easy access for public spaces. But for added security, a Cubic will require gates.

If positioned directly in front of racks, posts will be required around every 2000mm to hang the gates. This does create a break in the run of cycle parking, meaning to increase capacity the size of the Cubic may need to be increased.

“Adding gates ultimately depends on whether secure-access is a priority,” George says. “Our design team ensure the optimum layout is achieved, depending on the site constraints and number of spaces needed. A nice example of this can be seen at Abbeville Place in Clapham.”

Four different finishes

Timber Cladding

timber clad cubic feltham

Timber cladding is the most popular option for Cubic cycle shelters. Treated softwood timber is the standard. It’s sustainable, easy to work with on site and provides a good looking light timber shade finish.

Hardwood and other finishes are also available, which can provide a darker wood finish. These, however, tend to be more expensive, and if treated incorrectly will age with an off-grey colour.

“Timber cladding is a great looking option,” George says. “Last year, we installed a large 14m timber clad Cubic in Feltham, housing over 100 bikes – it’s ideally suited to that development.”

Mesh

mesh cubic cycle shelter

Mesh provides high-security cage panels which offer good ventilation and a long lifespan. The mesh can be galvanised or powder coated.

“It’s a cost-effective option for many of our clients,” George says. “Paired with a locking system, it provides a functional, secure-access cycle store. We recently completed a mesh cubic in Wokingham for the local council.”

Steel profile plate

Cubic shelters can also be enclosed with profile plate steel panels. This gives the greatest opportunity for customisation, branding and graphics. A corrugated finish is recommended to ensure maximum rigidity.

Glass panels

glass cycle shelter verizon

To create a high-specification cycle hub, a bespoke structure with glass panels offers a premium finish.

“Earlier this year, Verizon asked us for a bespoke cycle shelter for their Dublin offices,” George says. “We included kit lockers and a bike repair station, alongside our two-tier bike racks to create a state-of-the-art cycle hub.”

Roofing

sedum cycle shelter roof

The Cubic roof has powder coated steel roof sheets. These are durable and extend the lifespan of the cycle shelter.

Additionally, sedum or living roofs can be incorporated into any of our Cubic cycle shelters. A sedum roof sits behind the external flashing on the roof and requires additional structural supports to ensure the shelter can bear the weight of the system.

We use a cassette based sedum system designed to work in the standard sizes of our roof structure.

“Generally, standard cycle shelter roof sheets are made from steel or polycarbonate,” George says. “We offer powder coated steel roof sheets as standard. This provides added durability, and when paired with a sedum roof, it looks great, too.”

Drainage

Most commonly, the Turvec Cubic features a flat roof design. Integrated drainage is incorporated in the roof and leg structures, which removes the need for external guttering, providing a clean finish.

Access & Security

The Cubic can be installed with a variety of different lock types. Choosing the right one for your Cubic depends on cost and suitability to the location.

Coded padlock

cubic keypad lock

As standard we will specify a hasp and staple suitable for a coded padlock on our shelters, this is both cost-effective and easy to manage once installed.

Key turn

If the allocation and management of keys is a practical option, a locinox lock and key unit with a handle is a secure and easy to install solution.

Keypad lock

An alternative to key turn locks.

Mag locks

For RFID or electronic access mag locks can be incorporated into our shelter gates.

Watch a video of our Wokingham case study below, or find out more information about the Turvec Cubic here.

Turvec’s Guide To City Cycling

£2 billion. That’s what the UK government has pledged to revolutionise cycling and walking earlier this year. In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, cycling has emerged as the ideal way to get around.

And it’s not hard to see why. Cycling avoids busy public transport, supports physical and mental health, and minimises air pollution. You’ll save money, have fun, and often beat the bus, too.

Not surprisingly then, many people have recently started commuting to work, university, or the shops by bike. This guide serves as a starting point for transforming your commute, or offers plenty of extra tips on how to make the most out of your journey – even for the most accomplished city cyclist.

What Should I Wear?

commuting to work

Jeans? Suit? Dress? Hi-viz? Lycra?

Cycling to work or university can throw up a lot of questions for you and your wardrobe, but getting it right will make a big difference to how you feel.

Making sure you’re comfortable and safe on your bike, while still feeling fresh at your destination can all be achieved with the right choice of clothing.

As Alfred Wainwright once said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes”.

Being comfortable on the bike, whatever the weather

Staying comfortable while riding your work depends largely upon one external factor: the weather. Here in the UK, while you can assume it’s unlikely to snow, you can certainly count on rain – even at the very height of summer.

A typical Summer’s day is the easiest season to plan for. It’s the best time of the year to cycle, and also the simplest on your wardrobe.

The key point to consider is keeping your body well ventilated. Breathable and lightweight clothing lets your skin breathe and wick away moisture.

For Spring and Autumn, you want to think about layering. The weather is likely to be more unpredictable, meaning you can quickly find yourself too hot, or too cold.

The best solution is layering. Meaning you can quickly adjust by adding or subtracting items of clothing along your way.

When Winter arrives, it’s time to think about staying warm. Wind chill is something you’ll feel sharply, so make sure you keep your extremities covered.

Wear gloves, warm socks or shoe covers, a buff, and a cap or headband to keep your ears covered. An insulated jacket will keep your core warm, and providing it’s windproof, you won’t feel those cold mornings.

That being said, it’s important to avoid overheating. You’ll still be sweating, especially towards the end of your cycle, and when sweat then cools on your body, you’ll feel cold.

A good way to combat this is a base layer. Sitting close to the skin, it will help move sweat away from your skin, keeping you dry and comfortable.

Staying dry

To stay warm and comfortable on the bike, you need to stay dry. The best way? Good waterproof clothing.

If you’re going to make one investment for your commute, it’s a good waterproof jacket.

Look out for breathability, as otherwise you risk overheating. If it’s packable, there’s no reason not to take this with you on every commute (yes, even in Summer).

Sometimes it is unavoidable that you’ll get wet. To keep your clean clothes dry, consider a waterproof backpack, or a waterproof cover. This will ensure your laptop, or other expensive electronic equipment, stays dry, even if you end up soaked through.

The value of technical materials

lycra cycling to work

If you’ve ever tried to cycle in a woollen jumper with tight jeans, you’ll know that choosing the right materials is important.

While some cyclists swear by jeans, there is a reason professional cyclists wear lycra. It’s comfortable and allows for a wide range of movement, it doesn’t flap in the wind, and it will sit close to your skin allowing it to breathe.

If lycra seems too much for you, then instead look for stretchy, comfortable materials. Instead of wearing your thickest, warmest sweatshirt, instead layer with a couple of t-shirts and looser items. This will prevent overheating.

Feeling fresh once you arrive

If your commute is anything longer than 20 minutes, then you’ll know that to avoid offending your colleagues, you’re going to need a shower.

Check to see if your office or university has showers, and if they do, work out the best time to arrive. When they’re in high demand, arriving slightly earlier will mean you still have a chance to get ready for the day ahead.

If you don’t have access to shower facilities, check to see if there’s a gym nearby where you can freshen up.

If you’re going to be showering at work, then it makes sense to bring a fresh change of clothes. It means you can dress specifically for your commute, without compromising work attire.

A top tip is to bring a week’s worth of clothes on Monday, so that throughout the week you can travel lighter on your bike.

Visibility

For a portion of the year, you’re going to be cycling in the dark. While the number one thing you need is a good pair of bike lights, you can help this further by wearing reflective clothing.

You don’t need a full hi-viz jacket, but look for small reflective strips, whether on the back of your cycling shoes, helmet, rucksack, or jacket.

Wearing a helmet is a must in the UK. While in the Netherlands you might not see anyone commuting with a helmet, in the UK we’ve still got some catching up to do to make our infrastructure safer. So, look for a lightweight and well ventilated helmet that you’ll barely notice you’re wearing.

Panniers or Backpack?

There are different ways of carrying your laptop and other essentials. A backpack offers the simplest way. Most people already have one, and it offers a quick way to get your things off the bike. Adding a rain cover, which often come in high visibility finishes, means you can keep your electronics dry.

Panniers provide a second option. Attached to a rear, or front, rack on your bike, they mean you’re able to carry more than a backpack. Plus, it means you won’t get a sweaty back. Panniers do alter the handling of your bike, and it’s always best to try and keep the load weight similar on both sides to balance the bike.

Planning Your Route

cycle route planning

The last thing you want on your commute is to find yourself on a dual carriageway with lorries rattling past, or stuck winding through endless traffic.

Planning your commute properly, practicing it in your spare time, and taking it nice and slow the first time you try are the best ways to avoid this. Before you know it, you’ll be wishing your commute was even longer.

Use a route planning app

The best route to cycle to work isn’t always the most direct. It’s important to consider quieter roads, away from traffic. Plus, the shortest distance could end up being riddled with traffic lights, busy sections of traffic, or potholed roads.

Google maps is a solid place to start, but many cycle specific route planning apps, such as Ride with GPS and Komoot, will plot routes using common cycle routes. For example, Komoot is crowd-sourced, choosing the routes suggested by fellow cyclists.

Once you’ve got it planned, it’s worth checking out the route in your spare time. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting to work on time, and you can make sure it’s a comfortable route for you.

Find the cycle lanes

Cycle lanes are thankfully becoming increasingly common in the UK. It’s by far the best way to get around the city, as you’ll be with other cyclists, away from the traffic.

In London, the relatively new Westminster cycle lane is completely separated from car traffic, and since its installation has seen a rapid rise in cycle commuters.

So, look out for cycle lanes – it’s often worth travelling the long way round to find them.

Keep experimenting with your route

While you might think you’ve found the greatest route to your office, there are always more options to explore.

If you’ve got time, try new roads to see if there’s something you might’ve missed. Plus, it’s fun to mix it up – you’ll never know what you’ll find.

Looking out for cars, pedestrians, and cyclists

cycle lane commuting

Navigating traffic, bus lanes, pedestrians, and even other cyclists can seem intimidating. There’s a lot going on in rush hour. But, with the right know-how and experience, it becomes second nature.

Do I need to follow the Highway Code?

In short, yes. Even though the Highway Code is a mixture of ‘musts’ and ‘shoulds’, there is no good reason why cyclists should not obey it.

The rules for cyclists in the Highway Code suggest you should wear a helmet, light-coloured or fluorescent clothing, and reflective clothing in the dark.

You must have front and rear lights, and the code suggests to not use a flashing front light in street-lit areas – instead use a steady light.

Don’t cycle on the pavement

There is a misconception that cycling on the pavement is safer than the road. This definitely isn’t the case.

The Highway Code states that cyclists must not cycle on the pavement, under any circumstances.

Don’t jump red lights

You might think it’s commonplace for cyclists to run red lights, but it’s against the law. The Highway Code states that you MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.

Even if the cyclist ahead of you runs the red, you should sit and wait. It is often the case that you’ll be alongside them waiting at the next junction, anyway. There’s nothing to gain.

You can read the full Highway Code for cyclists here.

Look after your fellow cyclists

With the recent rise in cycle lanes, as well as commuters use them, you’ll often find yourself in a pack of other cyclists.

When in that group, remain patient and don’t unnecessarily overtake. Make sure you use hand signals to let cyclists know if you’re turning – hand signals aren’t just to let cars know when you’re indicating, they’re useful for cyclists too.

How do I look after my bike?

rim brakes commuter bike

After a few months of commuting by bike everyday, you’ll notice your weekly mileage rapidly increase. You might be getting fitter, but your bike may be struggling to keep up.

You don’t need to be a professional mechanic to do the basic tasks, but it is recommended that you consult your local bike shop for the more substantial work.

Cleaning your bike

The easiest way to prevent wear and tear is to clean your bike regularly. You can perform a quick clean in just 5 minutes, and more infrequently a deep clean.

Cleaning your bike will get rid of any dirt that could end up getting into your bearings and wearing the drivetrain of the bike.

It doesn’t take expensive bike cleaner, all you’ll need is a bucket of warm soapy water and some degreaser.

Check tyre pressures regularly

Every time you leave home or the office, make sure to check your tyre pressure.

If it’s raining, you should take some air out of your tyres. At lower pressures you’ll create a bigger surface area for the tyre, giving you more grip.

Use lubricant

Regularly apply lubricant to your chain to keep your bike running smoothly, and prevent the chain from rusting.

In the winter, as it gets wetter, you can use wet lubricant to make sure less dust and dirt is attracted to the chain. In the Summer, dry lube is preferred by many riders, but find out which works best for the conditions you’re riding in most frequently

Make sure your brakes are working properly

You should regularly check your brakes to check for general wear. It may sound obvious, but brakes are essential to keeping you safe on the road.

Brake pads don’t last forever, and after a good few months of riding everyday you’ll notice the brake pad starting to wear down. If you leave it too long you’ll start to hear a squealing sound as the braking surface of the pad disappears completely.

For both rim brake calliper pads and disc brake rotor pads, you should be visually inspecting them for wear as regularly as possible. Other tell tale signs that they need replacing are if you’re not stopping as quickly as you normally would, or if there is a lot of play in the brake lever.

Brake pads wear a lot faster in Winter with the extra grit and dirt, and disc brake pads are likely to last a lot longer than rim brake pads.

How to securely store and lock your bike

locking bike commute

It’s all well and good cycling to and from work, or to the shops, but only if you have somewhere to safely store your bike.

Cycle parking spots are turning up in more places, and you’ll probably know the key ones for you.

But what’s the best way to lock and store your bike?

Locking your bike safely

Unfortunately bike theft isn’t uncommon, especially in major cities. There are, however, ways to prevent it happening.

A good place to start is making sure you lock both wheels, as well as the frame itself. You can use a cable extender to thread through your wheels. This is especially relevant if you’ve got quick release wheels which are easily removed.

If you can carry two locks, use two. U-locks are the most common lock type as they offer more security, with their rigid design. With double the locks, you’ll make it that much harder for thieves to steal your bike.

Some more expensive lock options offer you a bike theft guarantee, too.

Additionally, make sure to remove any lights, bike bags, or other easy stolen accessories from your bike when you lock it.

Where should I lock my bike?

two tier bike racks commuting

Many commuters are lucky enough to have secure cycle storage facilities at their office or university buildings. If yours does, then make sure it’s got proper key access before you leave it there without a lock.

Even so, using your lock in a secure facility will give you added protection.

If you’re locking your bike publicly – either going to the shops, or for your job – look for busier places with plenty of footfall.

Making sure it’s well-lit and in sight of CCTV will not only detract thieves, but will provide camera footage and witnesses if it is stolen.

Insurance

If you’ve got a more expensive bike, then insurance will put your mind at ease when it comes to locking your bike on the street.

There’s plenty of bike specific insurance out there for expensive bikes, but your home insurance should cover you for your everyday bike.

panniers cycling to work

Enjoy the ride!

Above all, commuting by bike is enjoyable. Give yourself time, enjoy the freedom, and the benefits are endless.

6 Great Long-Distance Cycle Routes In The UK

A long-distance cycle route used to be about 100 miles. Yes, I hear you, that still is a long way, but for a growing number of cyclists nowadays that’s light work.

That’s because long-distance rides are becoming increasingly popular. Audax routes such as London-Edinburgh-London and Paris-Brest-Paris are receiving more and more applications each year.

It’s clear why: Multi-day rides offer a whole lot more than just a bike ride. There’s the sense of adventure, the personal challenge, and the variety of scenery (and weather) you’ll experience along the way.

Some cyclists choose to tour at a leisurely pace, staying at hotels or B&Bs, while on the other hand bikepacking is the new kid on the block.

Bikepacking involves taking a sleeping system (that means a tent, or sometimes just a bivvy bag), a stove, and just about everything else you need to survive with you strapped on your bike. You’ll see the sun-rise, often ride through the dark, and experience plenty of rain, but the pay-off is worth it.

So if you’re planning your next solo adventure, or trying to convince a group of friends to join you, we’ve got six of the greatest routes in the UK to get you started.

Do of course be aware to thoroughly research routes before attempting, and note that the mileage totals are estimates.

1. Sea to Sea (C2C)

The coast to coast is one of the UK’s most popular and well-worn long-distance routes.

Starting at the Cumbrian coast, the route crosses the Lake District, followed by the Pennines. The final stretch is on County Durham’s railway paths, winding towards the coast in Tyneside.

And if you wondered, C2C doesn’t actually stand for coast to coast, instead it’s just ‘sea’ said out loud. Despite this, it is known by many as the coast to coast route.

Distance: 136 miles, with 79 of those completely free from traffic
Time required: 1 day

2. The North Coast 500

The North Coast 500 is a relatively new route at just 5 years old, and was put together to showcase Scotland’s stunning northern Highlands. Yet in that short time it’s risen to the top of many global road trip lists, and there’s a reason why.

You start and finish at Inverness Castle, which has already exceptional views. From there, you’ll wind through the regions of Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Easter Ross and the Black Isle.

Expect plenty of climbing, inclement Scottish weather, midges, but most importantly exceptional scenery and the trip of a lifetime.

Distance: Just over 500 miles
Time required: 1 week+

3. King Alfred’s Way

Just recently launched by Cycling UK, the King Alfred’s Way connects four of England’s existing national trails: the North Downs Way, South Downs Way, Ridgeway and Thames Path.

Certain sections along the way have been upgraded to accommodate cyclists, with the route using existing byways, bridleways and quiet country roads.

The route is largely off-road, and you’ll need more than a road bike. Many use mountain bikes, but this route is sure to be tackled by many gravel bikes with bikepacking set-ups.

Cycling UK have provided a full GPX route and plenty of information to follow online.

Distance: 220 miles
Time required: Typically 2-3, or more days

4. Lôn Las Cymru

Wales is home to both Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, a must-see for any traveller. And it’s the Lôn Las Cymru that goes through both.

From Cardiff to Holyhead, you’ll travel through some of the most scenic parts of Wales. It’s not easy, with mountainous countryside meaning plenty of climbing, but this one is definitely worth your time.

Distance: 250 miles
Time required: 4+ days

5. Great Western Way

The Great Western Way follows a route along the canals, rivers and vales from Bristol to London. Thanks to the canals it’s an almost pan-flat route, and therefore ideally suited for a more leisurely tour and entry level long-distance ride taking you to the heart of the capital.

The inspiration for the route is the engineering of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Accordingly, you’ll take in the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the historic SS Great Britain and beautiful Temple Meads station along the way.

Distance: 136 miles
Time required: 12 hours

6. The West Country Way

Again starting in Bristol, the West Country Way travels to Cornwall, not London. The route takes in the Mendip Hills and Glastonbury, before taking you to the North Devon coast, and plunging into Exmoor National Park.

Next up is the Tarka Trail, a 30 mile section of traffic free disused railway lines. Finally, you’ll tackle the North Coast of Cornwall. With dramatic cliffs and breathtaking views, you’ll finally arrive in Padstow, a quaint fishing village famously known for its Rick Stein fish and chips.

The route is largely on public roads, but with traffic-free sections like the Tarka Trail, too.

Distance: 250 miles
Time required: 5+ days

Why Do Commercial Offices Need Bike Repair Stations?

Why Do Commercial Offices Need Bike Repair Stations?

Taking a hot shower, using dry rooms, secure bike storage, bike repair stations – cycling to work is a better experience with the right facilities in place.

And as an increasing number of people start catching on to cycle commuting, the demand for high quality office cycling amenities is going up.

Cycling provision is a simple solution to keep people riding to work. Bike repair stations allow cyclists to service their bikes, and are a cost effective way to stop abandoned bikes filling bike storage facilities.

Andy Weaver is Head of Operations at Bruntwood Works, one of the largest property providers in the UK, and over the last few years has been installing bike repair stations in Bruntwood’s new offices across the Greater Manchester area.

He told us why bike repair stations are important for his office buildings and clients.

Sustainability

For Andy, the motivation to improve facilities for cyclists was influenced by two main factors.

“There’s a big driver for our businesses around sustainability,” he says. “Last year we made a commitment to be net zero carbon by 2030.”

Bruntwood Works became the first commercial property developers to make that pledge. For them, increasing cycling provision is a cost-effective and simple way to offset the carbon footprint.

Encouraging cycling to work

“We work closely with the local council to really try and encourage cycling in our buildings,” Andy says. “We’ve made a full overhaul of the important provisions to cyclists, like showers, drying rooms, and bike storage.”

Research commissioned by the British Council for Offices (BCO) found that 38% of office workers surveyed said they would consider commuting to work by bike if their office provided better cycling facilities.

Crucially, the research suggests that the focus needs to be directed towards quality facilities, rather than just simply increasing the quantity.

“We wanted to offer as much as we could to encourage people to cycle,” Andy says. “That’s why we wanted to add the bike repair stations. They’re a great example of quality provision for cyclists.”

A growing expectation?

So, is demand growing from cyclists themselves for these facilities?

“It is definitely becoming more of an expectation. A lot of our businesses are looking for offices with facilities for cycling.

“All amenities are really important, but cycling provision is right up there with cafes, gyms, and other sought after features,” Andy says.

They’re cost-effective

And while bike repair stations offer a lot for cyclists using them, there are long-term benefits to be had as well.

Abandoned bikes with flat tyres, broken drivetrains, or all manner of simple mechanical problems are often found lying to waste in cycle storage facilities.

Having easy-to-access repair stations means cyclists are less likely to leave their bikes if they can’t fix a mechanical issue.

Successful Bike Repair Station trials

Andy first purchased a Turvec Bike Repair Station three years ago, and trialled them in a couple of new office buildings.

“They were really well received by our customers. The feedback after that trial was great, and so we’ve kept installing them.

“We wanted something that will last and help the reputation of our brand in the long-term,” Andy says.

Since that trial, Bruntwood Works have installed a further 16 bike repair stations in their office buildings.

Custom branding and colours

The Turvec bike repair station can be custom branded, making them a visual statement that the office are keeping people cycling to work.

“They look aesthetically good and the fact that we could brand the stations was great, too,” he says.

For the cycle commuter, the bright colours and matching branding send a clear message that the office cares about keeping bikes moving.

Find out more about our Bike Repair Stations here.

Cycle To Work Scheme | Our Experience

Our Experience With The Cycle To Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work Scheme is a government initiative launched in 1999 to get more people riding a bike to work.

For many people it represents a great way to save anywhere from 25-42% on a new bike, depending on your tax contribution. Put simply, it works through ‘salary sacrifice’, whereby you spread the cost of a new bike over a 12 – 48 month period.

Here at Turvec we’re signed up to the cycle to work scheme, with three of us successfully riding new bikes in the last couple of years. Here’s how it works, and our experience with the scheme.

How does it actually work?

The idea is that your employer buys the new bike, and you ‘hire’ it back from them by sacrificing a portion of your salary. The actual saving comes from not paying tax or national insurance contributions off the monthly fee – it comes from your gross, not net, salary.

To use the scheme, your employer needs to be signed up to one of the providers, but note that it’s not available for those self-employed. However, if you’re technically employed by your own limited company, then you can sign up for the scheme.

Tito, our operations manager, used the cyclescheme to buy his bike in 2019:

“The first thing I did was find my nearest bike shop. I asked if they did the cycle to work scheme, they did, and were very used to customers using it. We set a budget and they helped choose the right bike for me, from there it was a case of doing the relevant paperwork – it was very straightforward.”

How much could you save?

Because the payments are exempt from tax, that’s where your saving percentage is calculated. For example, if you sit in the 42% tax bracket, that’s how much you could save on the bike.

For a basic rate tax payer, i.e. someone earning £25,000 per year, you’ll save 32%. The monthly cost of the bike is subtracted from your gross salary, meaning you save on the tax for those contributions throughout the hire period. Note that the monthly payments don’t allow you to push your salary below the minimum wage.

No matter how much the saving, the scheme still functions at its base as an interest free loan.

“It wasn’t just the saving through the scheme, you end up saving on the cost of public transport costs, which really add up. Plus, it’s the quickest way to get around town,” Tito adds.

There are handy calculators available to calculate your savings based on your salary and the cost of the bike like this one here.

Do you actually own the bike?

Even though you’re legally ‘hiring’ the bike, the bike is, to all intents and purposes, yours.

The government guidelines state that “at least 50% of the cycle’s use must be for ‘qualifying journeys’, i.e. commuting”, but in reality, no one is going to be stopping you going out on a weekend ride.

Once the hire period comes to an end, you have to nominally ‘buy’ the now depreciated bike back off your employer. This fee is calculated by the length of the hire period and the original value of the bike. In reality though, employers rarely charge the full nominal amount.

“Even though you’re technically hiring the bike, it feels as good as yours. Once the one year hire period was over, you get three different options. I chose the most cost effective, paying a small deposit that means in three years’ time I’ll be in full ownership,” Tito says.

Is there a limit on what you can spend?

Originally, the scheme had a £1000 limit on the bike you could buy, but this was recently scrapped, meaning there is now no limit (so long as your employer’s scheme allows you to). That means you can go for higher end options, and increase the total percentage you save.

E-bikes and mountain bikes are available on the scheme too, and it also covers equipment like helmets and clothing. Alongside the bike, Tito picked up a helmet, lock, and lights.

“I left the bike shop with everything I needed to start cycling to work,” Tito said.

Where can I buy my bike?

The vast majority of UK bike shops are signed up to one, or more, of the government backed schemes. Their websites will list the shops you can buy from, simply enter your postcode and find your local shop.

Some direct to consumer brands are available too, like German manufacturer Canyon, and UK based Ribble Cycles.

Liam, our designer, recently used the scheme to buy a new mountain bike from Ribble.

“I decided on the bike, then put the value into cyclescheme, and it worked out at a £400 saving. Once I’d got the cyclescheme quote from the shop, it was approved by both Turvec and cyclescheme, and I was given a unique code to enter into the Ribble basket.

“Now it’s just a case of waiting for the bike to be built and delivered to me.”

Why The Rapha x Palace Cycling Jersey Sold Out In Minutes

Why did Rapha x Palace Skateboards cycling jersey sell out in only a few minutes?

In Soho, London, Rapha and Palace’s flagship stores are separated by just a few hundred metres. Yet brandwise, they’re poles apart. Rapha, founded by Simon Mottram in 2004, make premium cycling clothing that’s traditionally found on wealthy investment bankers, professional cyclists, and middle-aged men across the world. 

Palace, on the other hand, are a skateboard brand appealing to an altogether younger demographic. They’ve had previous success with big brand collaborations in the sporting world, too. Players at Wimbledon 2018 wore Adidas x Palace, and there was also a Palace designed Juventus kit in 2019, also with Adidas. But their move into cycling was surprising, to say the least.

So, with pieces already listed on eBay for £600, how did their collection sell out in just minutes?

Why have Rapha and Palace collaborated?

Since 2019, Rapha have made and sponsored the team kit for professional world tour team EF Pro Cycling. The jersey is a bold pink/blue tye-dye combination – already the most striking in the peloton – but a problem for the upcoming Giro d’Italia.

One of cycling’s three major grand tours alongside the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, the Giro’s race leader wears the Maglia Rosa – a bright pink jersey. So to circumnavigate that colour clash, they turned to Palace to design a new jersey.

And they certainly didn’t hold back. Part disco ball, part psychedelic screensaver, the jersey features Palace’s signature triangle logo on the back, and the cartoon Palace duck on the front. If that wasn’t enough going on, there are two unidentified faces on the sleeves. Holding the reveal, bar a last minute teaser video, right up to the team presentation at the Giro, the teams at both Rapha and Palace deserve credit for keeping such a loud project so quiet. 

The Reaction

Social media channels immediately lit up, and before you knew it, from the BBC to GQ, through to Complex and Highsnobiety, media outlets were quick to report the story. The collection split popular opinion like marmite, with some lauding the creativity, others disgusted.

One notably offended party was cycling’s governing body, the UCI, who were quick to hand out a $4000 fine to EF Pro Cycling. According to the UCI, it was due to the kits being registered late, but team boss Jonathan Vaughters insisted this wasn’t the case, suggesting it was indeed down to those ‘crazy ducks’.

But no matter where you stand on the garish, or genius, design, there’s one thing for certain – everyone is talking about it. And for young Palace fans over the world, they were soon discovering who Rapha are, what the Giro d’Italia is, and maybe heading to eBay to buy a new racing bike. In fact, eBay is probably the only place they’d be able to get their hands on the new kit. Selling out in minutes on Rapha and Palace’s site, many items have been re-listed for more than five times the original retail value.

What does it mean for the cycling industry?

The Rapha x Palace jersey isn’t the first outlandish cycling jersey – just ask Mario Cipollini – but it is the first to involve a skateboard company, a company distinctly outside of the exclusive bubble of professional cycling. Alongside recent instances of Kardashians in cycling shorts, it further adds to lycra’s current weight in the world of fashion, too. No longer just for middle aged men, cycling apparel could now be considered ‘cool’.

And while the marketing exposure is no doubt good news for Rapha, it is also a reflection of cycling’s wider, and still rapidly growing, appeal. For many years distinctly European, in recent years the sport has become more mainstream in countries like the US, Australia, and particularly the UK.

Here’s hoping that with more fans of cycling, and more cyclists on the roads, cycling infrastructure will benefit, too. Perhaps Rapha and Palace aren’t so far apart after all.

Find out about tips for beginner road cyclists here, or read about 6 great long-distance cycle routes in the UK.

Our Team Has Grown!

Turvec are growing. We’re designing, planning and installing more cyclist-focused bicycle racks, shelters and repair stations in the UK than ever before. So, we’ve made two recent additions to our team.

Here’s the lowdown on our new colleagues:

Chris Duthie – Lead Project Manager

With over 5 years of experience in the delivery of construction projects both in his native New Zealand, and here in the UK, Chris is a valuable addition to our team. As our Lead Project Manager, Chris is the main point of contact for clients on all major Turvec projects. In his spare time, Chris regularly plays basketball, and can be found riding his fixie around London.

Jonathan Oldaker – Marketing Manager

With extensive content marketing experience, Jon is our new Marketing Manager. Visiting and testing our new installations, Jon ensures and then showcases Turvec’s product quality. Jon is also our point of contact for marketing opportunities and growth. A keen cyclist and racing fan, you’ll catch Jon out on his road bike whenever possible.

Onboarding during Covid-19

Onboarding new team members remotely isn’t straightforward, but we’ve adapted like everyone else, and it’s been great to see the extra faces on our daily calls. Once it’s safe to do so, we can’t wait to get together as a team. But meanwhile, you’ll still catch us from our kitchens and living rooms.

Despite the challenges of home working, we’ve been able to keep on delivering projects for our clients, with no drop in quality. Strengthening our team means we can continue to deliver more and more projects, and keep on raising the bar for bicycle storage in the UK.

Cyclist visibility and the Highway Code

On the face of it, wearing ‘hi vis’ clothing seems like sound judgement for cyclists. Although the Highway Code advises cyclists to wear hi vis clothing, it is not a legal requirement. In the event of an accident, however, you could still be held liable in court if your outfit was not conspicuous.

The Highway Code and the law

The Code was a provision of the first road traffic legislation introduced in 1930. With a focus on road safety, the Code has remained on the bestseller list since its introduction.

The Code is a mixture of law and advice. Where the Code cites a law, it will explicitly state that a cyclist ‘must’ or ‘must not’ observe a given rule. The specific legislation that the rule relates to will also be referenced.

If the rule is advisory but not legally enforceable, then it is written in less prescriptive terms, such as “you should …” or “… not compulsory but can make your journey safer.”

Cyclist visibility and the Code.

Cyclist clothing is addressed by Rule 59 of the Code. Rule 59 is advice, not law. In respect of clothing, the rule states that cyclists:

“Should wear light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see you in daylight and poor light… [and] reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark.”

Visibility at night is addressed by Rule 60. Rule 60 is law, and mandates the use of lighting and reflectors. Rule 60 does not address clothing.

At first glance it would appear that you can wear whatever clothing you want, without there being any legal implications.

However, there are differences in the way that criminal and civil law work in practice. Although you won’t be stopped by the police for wearing dark clothes, you could still be found liable for an accident if your clothing was not deemed suitably conspicuous.

If I didn’t break the law, how can I be held liable?

If you break a law you could be fined up to £2,500 in the case of dangerous cycling. The Code includes information about cycling penalties here.

According to the Road Traffic Act 1988, however:

“A failure on the part of a person to observe a provision of the Highway Code shall not of itself render that person liable to criminal proceedings of any kind but any such failure may… be relied upon by any party to the proceedings as tending to establish or negative any liability which is in question in those proceedings.”

This means that although you won’t be prosecuted for breaking an advisory rule, the breach can still be used in a civil case to establish your liability for an incident.

Liability as a claimant

If you were knocked off your bike by a driver pulling out in front of you in the daytime, the driver’s liability for the accident might seem obvious. However, most roads are a shade of grey/black. If you were wearing a black outfit, the driver could argue that you were hard to see.

Similarly, if the accident occurred at twilight or in the reduced light of a tunnel, a court might reason that you were not very visible.

This defence, known as ‘contributory negligence’, effectively apportions some of the blame on to the cyclist. As such, the level of compensation the cyclist receives would be reduced in line with the apportionment of blame.

If you were to make a cycling injury claim against a driver, for example, a breach of Rule 59 could be used as a defence by the defendant.

Liability as a defendant

If your actions as a cyclist resulted in another road user being injured, you could find yourself in court as a defendant.

If you collided with a pedestrian stepping into your path, the pedestrian could argue that you were hard to see based on your outfit. In this example, you might be held liable, or partially liable, for the pedestrian’s injuries. This scenario may be covered under your house insurance, or membership of various cycling associations, but if not you might have to pay compensation to the pedestrian from your own pocket.

So I should always wear hi vis clothing?

Not necessarily. What matters is the contrast you make with your background. A study carried out in 2010 concluded that there was a 90% increase in the recognisability of cyclists in hi vis clothing when compared with dark or black outfits.

It is worth mentioning that in the experiment, cyclists also wore ankle and knee reflectors. Drivers identified the cyclists’ ‘biomotion’, commenting on the fact that they could see the cyclist’s legs were moving.

Weather is also an important factor. Some hi vis yellow material can actually be harder to see in the fog. The fluorescent properties of hi vis material only work when there’s sufficient natural light.

The reflective strips found on hi vis clothing will reflect the light from a car’s headlamp back at the source. However, some reflective materials diffuse light in all directions. You may think your hi vis vest is making you stand out, when in fact it is acting as camouflage.

The trick is getting the right combination of colours and equipment, to make sure that you stand out from the background during your ride.

Legal representation

If you are injured in a cycling accident and another road user was to blame, you might consider making a claim for compensation. Most people contact a solicitor offering no win, no fee representation.

A legal claim for compensation can be complex. Some cases can take years to conclude. As the solicitor won’t get paid if they lose, they probably won’t be interested in your case unless they believe they have a better than 50% chance of winning.

If doubt exists over your visibility to the other road user, your case would be more marginal. You may have difficulty finding a solicitor to represent you. Self-financing a claim is rare as both the cost and risk of losing would be prohibitive for most.

You could be knocked off your bike and injured whilst fully complying with the law, and still find yourself unable to get legal representation.

In summary

Hi vis clothing is divisive and many cyclists dispute its efficacy. Rule 59 of the Highway Code may only be guidance, but to ignore the underlying point is risky.

It’s obvious that being less visible on the road increases the risk of accident and injury. However, many cyclists are unaware that, should an accident occur, being less visible could also deny you legal representation.

Whether or not you choose to wear high vis, the new generation of LED lights are highly visible in the day. It’s hard to see any downside to taking this extra precautionary step.

Chris Salmon

Chris Salmon is a co-founder and Director of Quittance Legal Services and a keen cyclist. Chris is a regular commentator in the legal press.

Larger cycle parking space dimensions

Larger, adapted and cargo bicycles are growing in popularity across the UK, the Turvec team tested a number of electric cargo bikes at the Modeshift Conference in Leicester in November last year. As outlined within our cycle parking guide, it is important to ensure cycle parking provides options for all bike types and sizes, various cycle parking requirements are requesting growing provision of spaces to be classified as suitable for larger or accessible cycles. 

A non-standard or larger bicycle can generally be secured using a Sheffield stand positioned with the correct spacing as outlined below. Turvec recommends specifying a suitable Sheffield stand with central tapping bar to accommodate locking lower to the ground if required. Stands that are longer than the usual 750mm and increased to around 900mm are more accessible to larger bicycle designs. A larger bicycle could be classified as any of the below:

Cargo bike – 850-900mm x 2000-2200mm. 

Cargo or freight bicycles are designed to transport goods or passengers. The storage is incorporated within the bicycle itself, usually in front of the rider. 

Recumbent bike – 750mm x 2000-2200mm.

A recumbent bike positions a rider in a laid-back position, spreading a rider’s weight over a larger area. 

Hand cycle – 750mm x 1650-1800mm. 

This is a bicycle that is powered by a cyclist’s arms rather than legs.

Bicycle with trailer – 850mm x 2500mm.

This is space for a standard bicycle that carries a trailer, either for passengers or freight. 

Tandem bikes – 750mm x 2500mm.

A tandem bike is where one cyclist rides behind another. 

Side-by-side tandem – 1000mm x 1800mm. 

This is a bicycle where one cyclist rides sitting next to the other on a single bicycle/trike.

See our cycle parking guide for further details on standard bicycle sizes and required dimensions. 

Turvec COVID-19 Statement 24.03.20

Our main priority at Turvec is the health and wellbeing of our staff, customers, supply chain and stakeholders. 

We are fortunately set-up in a way which allows us to work from home with no limitations on our day-to-day activities. Our office based staff have been working remotely since Tuesday 10th of March. 

Our site teams are complying with our social distancing policy and the evolving UK Government Guidelines. The situation is reviewed daily.

We are closely monitoring our supply chain and stock levels for any upcoming disruptions, this situation is being reviewed on a daily basis. 

Our goal is to open clear and frequent lines of communication with our clients if a project is likely to be impacted by any disruption.

If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us on info@turvec.com or 0800 246 5484.

We Have Moved!

At the start of January 2020 we moved from our old home on Cannon Street to 20 Farringdon Street. After nearly 3 years in 33 Cannon Street we outgrew our space and look forward to exploring our new location. For reference our new address for all meetings and post is:

Turvec Solutions, 3rd Floor,

20 Farringdon Street,

London, EC4A 4BL

Shard Place Cycle Parking

Shard Place is a 26 storey residential tower being constructed next to The Shard. Constructed by MACE the building will comprise of 176 units with 212 Turvec 2ParkUp two-tier bike spaces with gas-lifting, we are additionally installing accessible parking in the form of conventional Sheffield stands. Turvec are delivering this project in 2020.

 

 

Where Will Londoners Park Their New E-Bikes?

In June of this year, Michael Ellis, Cycling Minister, announced that the government was introducing a new incentive to help cyclists with a “green commute initiative“. This initiative has seen the government refresh its cycle to work scheme – the effort will now include e-bikes, which is excellent news for the peddling commuter. As part of the scheme update, the original £1,000 cap has been removed to allow commuters to purchase a new bicycle and accessories more comfortably.

The growth of e-cycles is not to be underestimated with 70,000 models being sold int the UK last year. We covered the increase in electric bikes earlier in the year with some notable factors being that a survey of 2,000 commuters (undertaken by Evans Cycles) estimated that by switching from public transport to e-bikes, travellers could save over £7,500 across five years.

Micheal Ellis stated that “making sure that bikes are easily available is crucial to helping more people make the switch to greener modes of transport. Ensuring people of all abilities and fitness levels can cycle together is a vital part of this.

“I want everyone to feel empowered to make cycling a part of their everyday lives, and our refreshed guidance provides many incentives to help people do this.”

The government is set to invest around £2 billion on active travel as part of their new Cycling and walking investment strategy. This doubles their spending per head in comparison to their last spending review.

The initiative is excellent as it looks to continue to reduce pollution and increase activity in the daily commuter’s life, at least within the inner boroughs of London. It is very true that cycling the commute to work will:

  • help reach fitness goals
  • allow commuters to arrive at work feeling more energised and ready for the day
  • save money on fuel, parking and other commuting costs.

All this is well and good, but only if there is ample secure space for commuters to lock and leave their bike; making sure a new bike does not become the victim of theft will be a real concern for new and existing green commuters.

Cycle security is hugely important and not to be neglected. While introducing new incentives to get more of us on a “green commute”, is excellent, the fear of cycle theft is ever-present. Laura Laker, writing for The Guardian, recently pointed out how 96,210 bikes were reported as stolen across the UK in 2018. Of those, a mere 3% are recovered. TfL says that every year, 20,000 bikes are reported stolen (in London). You can find their tips to avoid bicycle theft on their website. And, 25 per cent of people who currently cycle, and 22 per cent of those who don’t are put off cycling in London for fear of cycle theft. The same report tells us that more than half of Londoners are deterred by lack of cycle parking.

James Brown, MD of national cycle database BikeRegister, which is used by all UK Police Forces to check for stolen bikes, said:

“With their higher price tag, e-bikes are a particularly attractive option to thieves, who steal the whole bike or unsecured parts and accessories. What we can offer as a deterrent to e-bike theft is bike registration and marking. Registering on BikeRegister is free and means you could be reunited with your bike in the event of it being stolen. It does not, however, help make your bike a hard target to thieves. To reduce the chances of becoming a victim of cycle theft, we also recommend using one of our marking kits to further safeguard properly against theft. A marked bike is a proven deterrent to thieves and makes it much more difficult to sell on. Ultimately, it’s been far too easy for bike thieves for a very long time, and we need to push for e-bike retailers to introduce Point of Sale bike marking to protect more bike owners from the outset.”

As suggested by James, in this case, the best offence is a good defence – whether that be increased parking or a marked cycle – preferably both. As a cycle security and storage expert, of course, we are biased, but what initiatives are there to include the uptake of further cycle storage in London?

What Cycle Security is There in Place?

TfL has been working on a Cycling Infrastructure Database that is accessible via the London Datastore. At the time of writing this article, the database has been available to the public for three months, and it sheds light on the following figures:

  • As of 2018, there were 145,449 cycle parking spaces on London streets. These were across 23,691 locations.
  • Inner London has a significantly higher proportion of these spaces.
  • There are 21,000 cycle hire spaces across 785 docking stations for those who wish to pay for their parking.
  • Residential cycle parking has increased to over 7,000 spaces in around 1,200 cycle hangers.

However, with 730,000 bicycle journeys being made in London per day, in 2016, it’s hard to believe that there is anywhere near enough the cycle storage available for these commuters in 2019. If we added up every form of available parking reported by the above figures supplied by TfL, there were still four times the number of commuters in 2016 than there are available spaces in 2019. TfL does point out that the figures do not account for other cycle parking such as workplaces, educational institutions or residential buildings. Yet, the London Travel Demand Survey revealed that over three million people own at least one bicycle in the city.

These figures show that there is a lot of work to do for TfL to ensure these journeys all begin and end in ample security, so what work are they doing?

Cyclist Safety Appears to Be Important

Newly implemented segregated lanes, as well as well-designed cycle junctions, have helped get more Londoners on their bikes. Statistics from TfL show that new routes have attracted new cyclists. In recent years the government has done plenty of good work in introducing new Cycle Superways and Quietways to London’s roads. Yet, in the same 2018 report, it was noted that “cycle parking remains a problem and needs to be addressed… cycle parking at train stations is particularly important.” From this perspective, it seems clear that the majority of the government’s efforts, at least for 2018, was going into cycle routes and connectivity. This is all well and good, but, having their cycle or e-cycle there at the end of the working, school or leisure filled day, should be just as crucial as ensuring that the commuter has somewhere safe to ride it.

What Is Being Done to Ensure our Cycle’s Safety?

In delivering the Mayor’s latest transport strategy effectively, 80 per cent of all trips (within London) are to be made by foot, cycle or public transport by 2041. An ambitious target that certainly will need to have safety and security at the heart of it; which the strategy comments on. TfL estimates that a further 36,000 on-street cycle parking spaces are required with a further increase of 12,000 spaces by 2025.

To achieve this, the government plans to tackle six main areas:

  • transport hubs
  • town centres
  • residential areas
  • educational institutions
  • workplaces
  • community destinations

There are existing resources that will help commuters find somewhere to lock their bike or e-bike securely, like Urban Cycle Parking’s map. TfL also lists cycling hubs that exist in Finsbury Park and the City of London, however, the list does seem sparse.

The Future of Transport Hub Cycle Parking 

The goal here for TfL is to provide a parking benchmark for all stations outside of zone 1. This comprises of a minimum of twenty cycle parking spaces within the fifty meters of the station.

They will have to work alongside various institutions to get this in motion; governing bodies such as boroughs, TOCs, Network Rail and Santander Cycles.

These plans also outline the need to consider cycle storage in the building of any new stations.

The Future of Town Centre Cycle Parking 

The plans outline working closely with boroughs here to provide more visitor parking for cyclists. Also, it is proposed that by reallocating car parking spaces to cycle parking, it will also aid London’s lack of road space.

The Future of Residential Area Cycle Parking 

Within the first year of this plan being release, TfL have forecasted the provision of 1,400 new residential cycle parking spaces. Moving beyond this, it proposes working further with boroughs to accelerate future delivery.

The Future of Educational Institution Cycle Parking 

If a school was part of the TfL’s school travel programme (STARS), new cycle parking is being planned for 80 institutions within the first year.

For university campuses and colleges, it’s a little sparser. There are plans to work with local boroughs to install more cycle parking, with sight to implementing this for two universities within the first year.

The Future of Workplace Cycle Parking 

For workplaces, the plans talk of providing support for London employers to enable them to further invest in cycle parking. The proposals talk about “making it simple and cost-efficient”, but don’t specifically talk about projected costs or grants.

It also, like with the above transport hubs, talks of having new project plans include cycle storage, such as two-tier bike racks, during their conception phase.

The Future of Community Destination Cycle Parking  

For sports facilities, community centres, hospitals, surgeries, places of worship, libraries, museums and galleries, it’s a similar story. Plans outline working with boroughs to deliver further parking. To do this, it proposes engaging with major stakeholders such as NHS and Royal Parks to improve these facilities.

Is All of This Enough? 

To say that cycle security and storage is not being thought about would not be accurate. It does seem apparent though, that with new initiatives such as this, the e-bike being added to the Cycle to Work Scheme, the figures just do not seem to add up. The 48,000 extra spaces by 2024, does not seem to be anywhere near enough spaces to meet with the governments green commuting targets.

LCC echoes these thoughts in their article where they note that the Mayor has a target of doubling cycle trips by 2026 from 720,000 to 1.5m and there is no way that the extra spaces allocated will be enough.

It seems clear that for commuters to feel that their new e-bike or existing cycle will be safely locked and secured, there needs to be some more thought put into the figure of spaces provided.

 

Brentford Community Stadium

Turvec have been contracted to install the external cycle parking at Brentford Community Stadium. We have designed WaveUp shelters to accommodate 186 2ParkUp two-tier spaces in the public realm. Located at Kew Bridge station the development includes 910 apartments and a new 17,500 seater stadium for Brentford Football Club.

Which Political Parties Are Backing Cyclists?

With December’s election looming, there has been plenty for politicians to consider within their campaigns and their manifestos. For us, the election pledges around cycling and cyclists, unsurprisingly, are very important. And, while the environment and pollution are increasingly becoming an uncompromising concern for both the public and parties, cycling is a surefire way of reducing pollution and as an effect, increase the happiness and fitness in its uptakers.

With transport – especially in London – participating in high pollution rates, and a higher share in omissions than any other sector, cycling as a healthy alternative must be considered. With this in mind, it is unsurprising that we have seen political parties rally around the idea – some a little more fresh to the concept than others. If you are a voter who is concerned about which party is going to benefit cyclists the most, then we have got a rundown of each of the main parties and their pledges. If you are looking for something more locally based, why not try CyclingUK’s candidate pledge checker? It gives you a way of asking your local candidates to stand up for cyclists. 

Below, you’ll find a summary of each party’s pledges.

Conservatives

The Conservatives are pledging:

  • £350mil cycling infrastructure pledge over five years (£70mil per year)
  • To enforce “tough new design standards” for infrastructure
  • To offer Bikeability training for every primary school child
  • To work towards low-traffic “healthy neighbourhoods”
  • To introduce separated bike lanes on main roads
  • To incentivise GPs to prescribe cycling and bicycles, and £2bn towards the pothole fund.

Labour

Labour are pledging:

  • £7.2bn per year investment
  • 3,100 miles of cycleways to be delivered within their first term
  • To provide safe cycling and walking routes to 10,000 primary schools
  • £200 e-bike grants to be made available with hints towards funding support for an “e-bike valley” industrial development
  • To double Bikeability funding to cover all primary school children, secondary school children and adults
  • To back and contribute towards the 2025 biking and walking strategy, and
  • To incentivise GPs to prescribe cycling and bicycles.

Green Party

The Green Party are pledging:

  • £2.5bn a year pledged to cycling and walking over ten years – that would consist of £2bn towards infrastructure and £.5bn for other related measures such as cycle training
  • To work towards the goal of having half of all local (five-mile) trips to be made either by foot or by bike within a decade
  • To provide an “expert body for governance and advice” will support local authority to deliver funds to only high-quality cycle infrastructure
  • To incentivise low traffic neighbourhoods
    commitment to new housing to be served by quality walking, cycling and public transport routes
  • To introduce car-free national park access and car-free city centres.

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats are pledging:

  • 10 per cent of the transport budget to go towards cycling and walking by the end of five years
  • To give more power to local authorities to make decisions
  • To develop a national strategy to promote cycling and walking
  • The creation of dedicated “safe-cycle” lanes, and to encourage cycling and walking.

Brexit Party

The Brexit Party have not yet released any official pledge towards cycling and walking.

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive rundown of each party’s offering with analysis, Laura Laker discusses each party’s pledge in her article: which party’s general election pledges are best for cyclists?

Considerations for voters

Each party is offering something different, and while some have very expansive and detailed plans in regards to cycling and walking, the budget proposed may be a little too hopeful. There is no doubt, the higher the available budget put towards the sector, the better the results have to potential to be. Still, considering the last government fell short of their targets by two-thirds, due to lack of funding, we should not get too carried away.

Another thing to consider is the lack of experience that, in the vast majority of cases, local authorities have when it comes to quality cycle infrastructure. Cycle security such as cycling hubs and two-tier bike racks, or perhaps an increasing demand for electric bike charging stations will undoubtedly rise should policy lead more people to take to the streets on their bicycles. Currently, they are ill-equipped to deal with increased demand, and would more than likely struggle to get started, even if they were handed a higher budget; they need experts. Policies that revolve around getting experts into local authority are welcomed, but finding the personnel and the budget for this has been something past governments have fallen short of. 

Investing in cycling and walking will lead to innovation

If there is one thing we are confident of, it is that by investing more into greener transport, such as cycling and walking, innovation will be a by-product. We should stop seeing electric cars as the only solution to our transport and pollution issues, and start looking at better – manual – ways of travel. Not only will this go to reduce congestion further, but it will reduce the accident, injury and fatality rate on our roads (especially within cities).

With investment also going into making cycling more accessible to everyone, with more investment moving towards e-bikes and adult cycling training – we should see an uplift in easy ways to travel without filling up with petrol each time. If these parties are to stick to their pledges and follow through with their proposed budgets, the future of walking and cycling could really be revolutionised, and fascinating.

What are the Main Dos and Don’ts of City Cycling?

If you live in the city and want to start cycling, you may be weighing the rewards against the risks. Of course, there is a risk of injury any time you cycle, but city cycling often gets a bad reputation, what with the higher number of cars, lorries and pedestrians to deal with.

However, cycling in London is actually statistically very safe, as long as you follow the rules. So, with that being said, what are the main dos and don’ts of city cycling?

Know where you can and can’t cycle 

Knowing where you can and can’t cycle in the city is one of the main ways of reducing the risks of collisions.

Pavements are for pedestrians only, unless they’re marked for use by cyclists.

If you do happen to be cycling on the pavement and have a collision with a pedestrian, you will always be liable (even if it was the pedestrian’s fault) because you shouldn’t have been riding on the pavement in the first place. This is also a reason why all cyclists should have cycle insurance, especially if you’re going to be cycling in the city regularly.

In London especially, the creation of many new cycle lanes means there are often designated routes for cyclists to utilise.

If you’re riding in a segregated lane shared by cyclists and pedestrians, ensure you stick to the side intended for cyclists. Also, remember to be considerate of other lane users, especially older adults, disabled people and young children.

Be vigilant when it comes to other vehicles

Although most motorists are accommodating of cyclists, it’s still vital that you keep your wits about you when it comes to other vehicles.

Just like when you’re driving, signalling clearly and correctly is the best way to warn other road users of your intentions.

Learning the necessary hand signals (arm extended right for turning right and left for turning left) is an excellent way to ensure both your own and other motorists’ safety.

Always leave extra space for lorries and parked cars, and take care when passing lorries on the left-hand side. Due to their larger blind spot, they may not be able to see you, so you should always assume that they can’t, to be on the safe side.

Also, remember to take your time when crossing tramway tracks. You should also always come off and push your bike at level crossings if a ‘cyclist dismount’ sign is displayed.

Get the right gear 

Even if you’re cycling on your commute, that isn’t an excuse to not be wearing the right gear. If it’s wintertime, make sure you wear bright, reflective clothing and invest in lights for your bike. If you’re wearing dark clothes and have no lights, then there is no way other road users will be able to see you.

And finally, just as your parents used to tell you: always, always wear a helmet. It could save your life if you’re ever involved in an accident.

All in all, if you keep your wits about you and follow the basic safety rules of inner-city cycling, you won’t be able to go far wrong. Your safety is essential, but once you have reached your destination, so is your cycle’s. Make sure you lock up at a secure bike rack and leave your bike knowing it will be there when you get back. If you’re looking for any help or guidance, finding the right storage solution for you, get in touch today.

Battalion Court Cycle Shelters

Turvec are commencing works manufacturing and installing a bespoke cantilever cycle shelter and secure cycle enclosure for 114 bike spaces. A mix of accessible Sheffield stands, semi-vertical racks and gas-lifting 2ParkUp two-tier bike racks are being installed in the space. Battalion Court is a low rise development of new build apartments in Woolwich east London, and the project will be delivered in December 2019.

Cardiff Lane Dublin Contract Award

Turvec are delivering a 450 bicycle facility with a mix of the 2ParkUp two-tier rack and accessible Sheffield stands within a secure cycle enclosure at Cardiff lane in the Dublin docklands area. Cardiff Lane is a significant city centre site of 17,000min Dublin 2, it is the largest cycle parking project we have completed in Ireland to date and our second largest international project after 11 Wellesley in Toronto. 

What are the Rules When it Comes to Taking Bikes on Trains?

Thousands of trains run every day across the UK, connecting towns, cities, and cycle routes. Because of this, travelling by train is a popular choice for many cyclists. Whether you’re heading out on an all-day mountain bike ride, or you want to choose a greener way to commute this summer, there are a few rules that you should bear in mind before you take your bike on the train.

1. There are no additional charges for bikes

As long as you have a valid ticket for your journey, you can take your bike on the train with you at no extra cost. Great news for commuters! It can mean a cheaper way to travel to work. Many of the UK’s busiest stations also have bike parking facilities that allow you to lock up your bike ready for your return home securely.

2. You may have to reserve your bike space

All UK trains only have a certain amount of space dedicated to holding bikes, so you may need to reserve an area dependent on where and when you’re travelling. With most train lines, you can reserve a space when you book your tickets online. Call their helpline or visit the ticket office at your departing station.

3. There can be restrictions during peak times

During busy peak times – weekday mornings (07:00–10:00) and weekday evenings (16:00–19:00), regular bikes are not permitted on services to and from London. There are also Monday–Friday restrictions in place for taking your bike on rail services to and from Cardiff (during the hours of 07.30–09.30 and 16:00–18:00).

4. Consider purchasing a fully-folding bicycle

If you’re hoping to use the popular train-and-bike combination to get to work, it might be worth considering the purchase of a fully-folding bicycle. These commuter-friendly bikes are exempt from the restrictions mentioned above, as they are compact enough to be placed in the luggage rack, which is essential to make space on busy services. They’re also more comfortable to carry than standard bikes, which is useful considering that no cycling is permitted in UK stations.

5. Always check your journey in advance

It’s still a good idea to double-check your train’s status because only the fully-folding bikes mentioned above are permitted on rail replacement bus services. If you’re travelling in and around London, you can quickly check the status of your train and the location of engineering work using the TFL website. Many other train providers offer similar services on their websites, so be sure to double-check before you head out.

All in all, taking your bike on the train with you is a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to travel. Just be sure to bear the rules listed above in mind to ensure your journey is as smooth as possible.

Cycling To Work Tips

As working from home rules start to ease, and more of us are making our way back to the office, you might choose to hop on the cycle – it’s warm enough!

If it’s been a while since you put the pedal to the metal, or you’re trying it out for the first time, here’s some guidance to get you safely on your way.

If you’re considering a cool and breezy cycle into work as opposed to stifling public transport or a stuffy, boring car-ride, we can’t blame you.

Cycling your morning commute offers more predictable travel times and a breath of fresh air, not to mention the fact that it’s an eco-friendly alternative to motor vehicles.

And it can also help your waistline! Burning those few extra calories before you’ve even started your working day is a great way to ensure you get your recommended minutes of daily exercise.

According to Better Health, the health benefits of regular cycling include:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

But, for all the benefits of cycling to work, there are some things to keep on top of. Namely, safety, hydration and sweat! So here are some tips on how to keep you getting on your cycle day after day.

 

Our top tips for cycling to work

1. Plan ahead

It’s a good idea to plan your route so you can include as many quiet, shaded streets as possible. Cycling amongst the traffic can not only be intimidating but will also make you feel warmer due to the vast number of fumes being emitted from each vehicle as you pass.

Luckily, there are lots of route-plotting apps available to help you with this, so experiment with the different options to find which one is right for you.

If your commute is particularly lengthy or you don’t feel comfortable cycling on busy main roads, you might decide to ride part of the way. At a stopping point, you could leave your bike in a bike locker or attached to a bike rack before walking, driving, or using public transport for the rest of the journey.

This way, you’re still enjoying the great outdoors on your way into work, and you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that your bike is ready and waiting for your return home.

Just make sure you plan by devising a route beforehand and checking your local area for available bike storage.

2. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is a crucial part of ensuring you don’t overheat or get to work feeling ill or dizzy after your morning commute.

Make sure you carry a bottle of water with you at all times and remember to keep sipping it at regular intervals throughout the ride. It’s also important that, once you’re in work, you keep drinking water throughout the day to replace any fluids you have lost as a result of sweating during your active commute.

3. Stay safe

Don’t make your way to work in a rush, weaving through traffic and putting yourself in dangerous situations. As we’ll reiterate in the next section, leave yourself ample time.

By leaving extra time for your journey, you won’t need to rush (and likely sweat more) or put yourself in danger. Also, you give yourself time to stop for a morning coffee, or in the unfortunate incident of puncture, you have time to stop and repair.

Wear a helmet. There are no excuses not to. It could save your life.

4. Freshen up on arrival

Try to leave your house an extra 10-15 minutes earlier than you usually do to ensure you have enough time to cool off and freshen up after your commute.

Many offices now include showers and changing rooms to accommodate your busy commute. Still, if this isn’t something currently available, a good option is always joining a gym or leisure centre near your office. Membership will allow you to use the facilities there before you head into work—of course, it helps if you also use the gyms other facilities!

Bringing a change of clothes is also an option, especially if you’re going to be cycling long distances. It makes sense to cycle in breathable exercise wear, then change on arrival.

If you’re lucky, you may find that after a leisurely-paced ride, all you need to do is whip off your helmet, smooth down your hair and you’ll be ready to start the day.

Ultimately, the best way to know what will work for you on your active morning commute is to try it out for yourself.

 

Whatever you choose to do, remember to slow down, stay safe and enjoy! A workspace that includes a secure cycle shelter or compound will put your mind at rest when you’re locking up your bike. For any questions you have concerning your cycle security – feel free to contact us today.

Dutch Cycle Lanes – Why We Should Be Inspired By Their Cycle Paths

When it comes to cycling, the Dutch are kilometres ahead of the rest of us, quite literally. The average Dutch person cycles around 1,000 km annually, and in 2017, there were 22.5 million bicycles in the Netherlands – more than the 17.1 million people who live there.

A country with most cyclists, but the safest. How did their cycling infrastructure get so good? And what can we learn from them?

Most of us, including some dutch people, believe that all the incredible cycling infrastructure, including vast interconnected cycle paths, have always been there. But while cycle paths in the country’s cities had existed pre-WW2, they were much narrower, unlevel and disconnected.

There also wasn’t such a concern for separate cycle paths because there weren’t so many cars.

Their current infrastructure and policies came about through a series of changes that took place post-WW2 and came to a head in the 1970s.

After WW2 the Netherland got richer – which changed their roads

While before the war, bicycles far outnumbered their motorised, four-wheeled, counterparts, that changed in the late 40s and 50s. Car purchases went through the roof as the average wage continued to increase.

With this growth of cars on city streets that weren’t built to cope with it all brought about change. Buildings were knocked down. Infrastructure was uprooted to create more roads, car parks and other space for the motorcar.

These changes also caused a decrease in cycling, a 6% decrease per year.

More cars and roads brought more traffic collisions, and deaths

In 1971, things were set to change. In that year alone there were over 3,000 deaths on Dutch roads, with 400 of those deaths being children 14 and under.

The Dutch were not going to stand for this. I cities especially, the public came out in their masses to protest against “child murder”. They called for safer streets for their children, pedestrians and cyclists.

Then, the 1973 oil crisis came

This oil crisis took a toll on energy consumption. Gas was exceptionally pricey, and a lot of roads started to empty.

Due to the country having to be careful with its energy use, the Dutch had a perfect opportunity to heed the call from protesters, and they took it. The then president of the Netherlands, Joop den Uyl, bega to promote cycling policies such as “car-free Sundays” to save on the country’s oil.

Every Sunday became a time to see was their cities used to look like before the advent and domination of cars. And it wasn’t long before the first city centres were made car-free, permanently. More followed.

But the protests didn’t stop

Even though more city centres and beyond were becoming car-free, the protests continued. The Dutch people argued that mass motorisation killed their cities, their people and their environment.

Cycle tours, the painting of cycle routes on their cities streets and mass peaceful protests outside major landmarks like the Museumplein.

And the central government listened

In the mid-1970s, municipalities were funded by the national government in building brand new cycling infrastructure, including safe cycle paths and connected routes. Some of these routes were born straight out of the hand painted ways that earlier protesters had created.

Hague and Tilburg were the first municipalities to complete their cycling infrastructure. Their completion saw a 60-70% increase in cycling across them.

Other municipalities followed, and from the 70s until recently in 2010, child deaths were down to 14 across the country—a resounding victory.

So, what have all these changes achieved?

Less road traffic accidents

It makes sense that the more Dutch cycle paths there are, the fewer people there will be using cars as an everyday mode of transport.

The Dutch continue to encourage people to cycle rather than drive in city centres. Promoting more cycle-friendly cities could have a positive impact on the number of road traffic collisions there are in the UK, and help to normalise cycling as a means of transport.

A healthier, easier commute

More than a quarter of people living in the Netherlands cycle to work.

Unfortunately, this is far from the case in British cities. In Manchester, for example, two-thirds of people currently use their car as their primary mode of transport.

This over-reliance on the petrol and diesel-guzzling vehicles we have all come to know is harmful. Not only is it dangerous to our health and our children’s health, but our local environments too.

There’s an abundance of cycle infrastructure and parking

Of course, if we want the uptake of cyclists to increase in the UK dramatically, adequate bicycle parking facilities would have to be provided to accommodate the influx. These facilities are yet another thing that the Dutch do well.

The space under Utrecht’s train station can hold up to 12,500 bikes – the largest in the world of its kind. By offering these sorts of premium facilities in the UK, more people would be likely to take up cycling as a means of transport to and from public places, such as train stations.

Taking up cycling on a mass scale will have a beneficial impact on almost all aspects of life – from the economy to the environment, public health to mental wellbeing.

We’re ready and waiting to embrace any Dutch-inspired changes

More infrastructure will lead to more secure cycle storage, and that’s where we come in.

If you’ve any projects you’d like our help with, we’d be more than happy to help. Contact us today and tell us about your projects—we offer two-tier bike racks to bike lockers.

11 Wellesley – Canadian Distributor Announcement

Turvec are pleased to announce our partnership with Urban Art & Metal Works Inc who are acting as Turvec’s exclusive distributor in Canada. Our first joint project is 11 Wellesley Toronto. Turvec are supplying 642 2ParkUp two-tier racks for this building, serving the residential units and commercial space at ground level. This is the first 2ParkUp installation in North America, and the 642 bike spaces for residents are located across three cycle stores on the lower levels of the 60 floor building.

The Top 4 Benefits of Installing School Cycle Storage

Installing easily accessible cycle storage in your school is a key component in encouraging pupils to make their daily journey to and from school by bike. Although it may seem like a massive project, the benefits of installing school cycle storage far outweigh the cost.

It will encourage pupils to cycle to school

Although this may sound obvious, installing places to store bikes will actively encourage pupils to dust off their bikes, oil up their gears and get cycling to school. With no incentive to do so, pupils will be less inclined to make this decision of their own accord. However, with a little encouragement and nudge in the right direction, you’ll be surprised at how many of your pupils latch on to the idea. It really could prove to be a snowball effect!

It promotes exercise as part of a healthy, active lifestyle

With an NHS survey estimating that 28% of children aged 2 to 15 in England were overweight or obese in 2016, and in June of 2018, an update to an earlier action plan was published, setting a national ambition to “halve childhood obesity and reduce the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030”. So, now really is the time to promote the benefits of exercise as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. In opposition to sitting stationary in a parent or carer’s car, cycling to school will not only burn calories and increase energy expenditure but also help to boost students’ cardiovascular fitness and overall health. Even for students who struggle most with their cardiovascular fitness, or may have another issue which proves to a barrier to cycling, electric bikes are becoming ever more available.

Embedding the fundamental importance of daily physical activity into your school’s pupils will serve them well for a long time to come, and help to ensure that the adults of our future are conscious of their decisions when it comes to their health and wellbeing.

It will reduce traffic at the school gates

A huge issue in schools across the nation is the number of cars that amass at the school gates during drop-off and pick-up times; this is not only unhealthy for our pupils, but it also causes unnecessary stress for parents who struggle to find a place to park and commuters who become agitated at the increased traffic. By encouraging pupils to cycle to school, the need for parents to drive to school will be negated, and thus, the amount of traffic at the school gates reduces, benefitting pupils, parents, the community and the environment.

It is a safe and secure way to store bikes during the school day

Without a safe cycle storage solution, parents may be wary of sending their children to school on a bike that could become vandalised, lost or stolen. However, by choosing the right cycle storage, your pupils’ bikes will be kept safe and secure throughout the school day and be ready and waiting for them on their ride home. For more information about the range of bike cycle storage solutions that we can offer your school, take a look at our handy bike storage guide today.

What You Can Include On An Outdoor Bike Repair Station

Outside (or public) bike pumps and repair stations are a common installation in new developments and public spaces. 

They’re designed to provide an opportunity for cyclists within your community to perform on the go repairs. Here are some features you can include which you could consider. 

These cyclist-friendly stations are suitable for continuous public use. With that in mind, including the most immediately needed features should be top of your list of priorities.

Include a pressure gauge

Not all outside bike repair stations will include a pressure gauge as standard. This feature ensures cyclists do not over or under inflate their tyres – a lifesaver on longer journeys where tyre pressure can be more affected.

Think about a steel pump piston as standard

Unfortunately, when something is left outdoors in a public space, it can befall damage or vandalism.

Steel pump pistons are far less vulnerable than plastic alternatives. If you want your installation to stand the test of time, look for this as a standard feature.

Steel cables keep your outdoor repair station tools safe

A concern for repair stations in public spaces is theft of the tools.

Steel cables, ideally plastic coated, is a simple solution to this. For added security, include a lockable door to limit access out of hours.

While steel cables are a deterrent, a determined individual with lock clippers could still cause damage—the addition of a lockable steel door prevents this.

Don’t forget about how-to guides

A simple guide, QR code or link to YouTube videos is a great help to cyclists looking to make simple repairs on the move.

Outdoor repair stations, in particular, require simple instructions or guidance for first-time users to ensure proper use.

You can include your branding

You have the option to brand a station. Branding can identify the purpose of the unit, which may not be apparent to all members of the public.

Branding communicates the brand or identity of a building, or where funding for a repair station may have come from.

If you’re a local council or business looking to install an outdoor bike repair station, then we can help. Give us a call or an email to discuss your project.

Bradwell Street student accommodation cycle racks

Turvec are installing 206 bike parking spaces to new student accommodation on Bradwell Street in East London. Serving Queen Mary University, the development comprises of 412 student rooms in a series of 8-10 storey towers, the bike stores have direct ground level access and are broken into two secure rooms. Turvec’s 2ParkUp two-tier rack was selected for this project as our double-tier solution, within the parking we have also incorporated a mix of Sheffield stands to provide accessible parking for all bike types.

Cycling in Winter: Top Tips for Busy Commuters

The cold winter months often bring icy roads and harsh weather conditions that can deter cyclists from riding their bikes. And it’s important to be careful: in 2016, 18,477 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents, including 3,499 who were killed or seriously injured. Yet, with the right preparation and mindset, the beginning of winter shouldn’t impact your daily commute. Here are our top tips for busy commuters to keep up their cycling year-round – whatever the weather!

Choose the right clothing

The winter months are not as easy as summer when it comes to clothing. Think about swapping your vests and shorts for windproof thermals, gloves, overshoes and clear or lightly tinted glasses.

It’s essential to choose a kit that not only keeps you warm against the elements but also ensures sweat is absorbed and evaporated quickly. If you don’t choose cycle-specific clothing, it’s likely that built-up sweat will make you feel damp and clammy, which is not a good start to anyone’s working day.

Although the best bike clothing can be expensive, it’s a worthwhile investment if it means you can comfortably keep cycling throughout winter.

Prepare for punctures

Punctures – a cyclist’s worst nightmare!

As the weather gets increasingly worse, the greater your chances are of obtaining punctures. Wet, uneven roads can create difficult conditions to cycle on. And no one wants to get caught out by a pesky puncture – especially not on the way to work.

Prepare for punctures by including at least two tubes and a pump in your backpack. Make sure to check that your pump still works if you haven’t used it in a while. If you’re cycling with friends or in a group, remember to remind them to bring their pumps before you head out – it could make all the difference to your ride. We also recommend purchasing tyres that are durable and include some element of puncture protection to avoid bicycle punctures and gain some peace of mind.

Remember to eat and drink

Fuelling your body before, during and after a ride is key to keeping on the bike during winter. Some energy bars can become hard during cold weather so softer food, or even gels might be your best bet.

Even though it’s likely you won’t be sweating as much because of the low temperatures, it’s also important to still keep hydrated. A good way to warm up and get some food and drink is by taking a mid-ride cafe stop that will help to replenish your energy levels if it’s a long ride. If you live in London there’s sure to be plenty of stops along the way, especially along some of the most well-known, popular routes. Alternatively, if you’re just on your daily commute, warm up with a hot drink and snack when you get to, and home from, work.

Be safe, be seen

It’s a sad fact that during winter, the commute to and from work oftentimes will be in the dark. Making sure you have a working light on your bike will ensure that drivers and other road users are able to see you from a distance, as well as you being able to clearly guide your way. And the good news is, there’s no need to spend a fortune – rechargeable LED lights can be bought in your local hardware shop and will work a treat.

Lock it or Lose it

Of course, a lost or stolen bike is no use for the commuter, no matter the weather – we previously wrote an article on how to keep your bike safe. One of the best ways is to keep it locked up in a safe and secure cycle compound.

For any information or advice about the range of bike storage solutions we offer at Turvec, get in touch with us today.

The Growth in Electric Bikes

Electric bikes have an abundance of benefits. From making your daily commute more pleasant to reducing fuel costs and helping the environment, it’s no wonder Europe has seen recent growth in the usage of e-bikes. Although electric bikes haven’t taken off quite as quickly in the UK as they have in other European countries such as Germany and Switzerland, sales are steadily increasing and are set to grow over the coming years.

So, what is an electric bike?

As the name suggests, an electric bike (or e-bike for short) is similar to a regular bicycle, but it also includes a battery and electric motor that helps to give the rider a little boost while pedalling. In this sense, e-bikes can be more accessible than standard bicycles and a good option for a wide range of people. For example, elderly individuals who may not feel confident riding a standard pushbike on the roads would benefit from an electric bike. Similarly, people with mobility issues or even those with a generally lower level of fitness may find that e-bikes help to make cycling a more enjoyable experience.

Moreover, no matter your fitness level – e-bikes give you a much-needed push when it comes to riding up hills and cycling for long periods; they essentially make life that little bit easier!

What has spiked a growth in electric bikes?

Increasing consumer awareness of the damage fossil fuels cause to the environment have resulted in many people considering alternative methods of transport. Electric bikes are an eco-friendly substitute for cars, making them the perfect choice for people who are actively trying to reduce their carbon footprint.

Aside from their environmental benefits, e-bikes also help people to save money. A survey of 2,000 commuters undertaken by Evans Cycles estimated that by switching from public transport to e-bikes, travellers could save over £7,500 across five years.*

As well as helping to save the environment and helping commuters to save money, e-bikes can also save you valuable time – especially in rush hour. By taking advantage of bicycle paths, you’ll be able to stay on the move and whizz past all the stationary cars – a commuter’s dream!

Is riding an e-bike still exercise?

Of course! Electric bikes still require you to pedal, so riding them is a form of exercise. The electrical assistance will only start once you’ve begun to pedal, and you can choose how much or how little support the bike gives you.

At Turvec, we’re passionate about getting more people cycling: whether that’s using a standard bicycle or an electric bike. Our secure bike storage solutions are perfect for businesses and organisations looking to provide safe spaces for employees and members to store their bikes. Get in touch with us today for any more information.

*Source: The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/16/rise-of-the-ebike-how-going-electric-could-revolutionise-your-ride

Nile Street Bike Parking

Turvec have been awarded the contract for all bike storage and shelters at the redevelopment of the New Regents College site on Nile Street in London. The development consists of 175 residential units, commercial space and a new school.

Turvec are delivering 407 bike storage spaces throughout two bespoke sedum roof compounds, public space and a secure basement cycle store for ‘The Makers Shoreditch’, the 28 storey apartment building. We are providing the required spaces with a mix of 2ParkUp two-tier racks, vertical racks and Sheffield stands.

 

Best bike rides in London

Whether you’ve lived in London all your life or have just made the move to the capital, cycling is a brilliant way to take in the city, its sights and surroundings. 

We’ve handpicked three of our favourite bike rides across London to help you discover the city in a new way,

Although London is somewhat infamous in the UK for its heavy traffic and busy streets, there’s actually an array of brilliant bike routes that will take you across the city and provide an appealing alternative to public transport.

Here are some of our favourites.

 The Tamsin Trail – a rite of passage for any keen cyclist living in London

The Tasmin Trial is a 12 km loop that goes to all corners of the park and includes a few short and sharp inclines, as well some longer, more gradual inclines.

The route is ideal for beginners or anyone fancying a nice leisurely ride.

There are also plenty of places to stop for ice cream or a cold drink along the way, making it the perfect route for a warm summers day.

However, if you want to push yourself – three laps of the 12 km route in one hour is a good challenge for any cyclist. Our favourite part about this route is the viewpoint from Richmond Gate; it looks right over central London and gives you a clear view of both the capital and the countryside.

Take in London’s most popular sights and tourist attractions

This 16 km route from Battersea Park to Greenwich, is one of the best ways to take in London’s most popular sights and tourist attractions, so it’s perfect for impressing friends and family who come to visit.

Cycling along the Thames, you’ll ride past the London Eye, the Tate Modern, the Globe and Borough Market, to name just a few highlights.

The route is relatively easy and a great way to see more of London without having to pay taxi or tube fares from one tourist attraction to the next.

The rolling hillsides and peaceful countryside of Surrey awaits

The Westminster Bridge to Box Hill route is not for the faint-hearted.

Cycling just outside of London via Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace, the rolling hillsides and peaceful countryside of Surrey awaits. The gruelling 42 km route incorporates part of the 2012 Olympic road-cycling route in Box Hill – ‘Zig Zag Road’ – reaching an ascent of over 120m.

But its all worth it when you feel the satisfaction of making it to the top and witnessing some incredible views of Surrey’s countryside – it makes it hard to believe you’re just 30 km south-west of London!

Loop around Regent’s Park

If you’re looking for more of a pass time than a way of getting from A to B, this route will work for you.

The loop around Regent’s park also works well as a 4km timed lap track, a place where you can practice race intervals and travel at some speed.

Watch out for pedestrians and traffic, but you’ll be glad to know there aren’t many traffic lights to interrupt your flow.

Start in the corner closest to Regent’s Park underground station and travel anti-clockwise.

It’s not a bad view while you cycle either, the flowers and open spaces are a sight to behold. Oh, you can also stare in envy at some of the houses around the park too—if you’re lucky, you might see a giraffe pop its head above the fencing from London Zoo.

Expereince the sites of the River Lea

The well-documented cycle route that is Tottenham Marshes to Victoria Park gives its riders beautiful sites up the River Lea.

You start at Tottenham Marshes before following the towpath through some of the city’s less known places. Always great for explorers.

Although the river doesn’t find itself mentioned in many tourist guides, it’s a pretty waterway to travel alongside.

By the time you’re at Hackney Wick, you can follow the path that brings you out at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where this route can conclude exploring the grand building. Or, if you’d prefer, there’s plenty of cafes and other smaller attractions to refresh and continue on.

Want a route a little out of the ordinary?

If you’re looking for a route that covers some of the more peculiar areas central London has to offer, Andreas’ guide is sure to be of interest to you.

The route starts at Leinster Gardens with its fake houses above the London underground before passing pet cemeteries, Cross Bones Graveyard before ending at some of the best small coffee houses and shops at Neal’s Yard.

Something off the beaten track, if that’s what you’re looking for!

We work with local councils to keep your cycle safe

Is there enough cycle parking and security on your route? If there isn’t why not let the local council know? We work with council’s to improve cycle parking facilities across London and further. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call.

Boris Bikes: How Many People Actually Use Them?

Santander Cycles, commonly referred to as ‘Boris Bikes’ after Boris Johnson who was the Mayor of London when the bike scheme was introduced, are growing in popularity. In 2017, record numbers of people used Boris Bikes to get around London, with more than 10.3 million journeys being made. Since its launch in 2010, Boris Bikes have facilitated over 67 million journeys throughout the capital city.

A hot summer of cycling

If you were in England this summer, you’ll know it was the hottest summer on record, marginally beating the temperatures recorded in the summer of 1976. It stayed that way pretty much for the months of June and July.

As the majority of London’s public transport doesn’t have air conditioning, this made for a lot of hot and sweaty trains and buses. According to TfL, this trend of warm weather led to record-breaking numbers of people using Boris Bikes.

July 2018 was the scheme’s most successful month in its eight-year history, with over 1.2 million people hiring the bicycles to get around. Whether it was to ride around London taking in the sites under a shining summer sun, or simply to avoid the hotter methods of traditional public transport, the recent warm weather definitely caused a spike in the number of people using Boris Bikes.

Investing in the future of transport

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said of the bikes that he’s ‘delighted that record numbers of Londoners are using our world-famous Santander Cycles to travel around the capital. Cycling helps to improve our health, air quality and congestion, and that’s why I’m investing record amounts to make it even safer and easier for all Londoners to take to two wheels.

The mayor’s record investment in the scheme hopes to deliver an infrastructure that connects people all across the city, encouraging more Londoners to use the bikes to get around quickly, safely and easily. As riding a bike is great for your health and poses no threat to the environment, Boris Bikes could provide a sustainable solution for reducing the amount of congestion and subsequent pollution in London, whilst also improving peoples’ overall health and wellbeing.

How does the scheme work?

Boris Bikes are so easy to use – and the first half an hour is free! With 11,000 bicycles, there will almost always be a bike waiting for you in any of the 70 docking stations across London. It only costs £2 to use a Boris Bike for 24 hours, with a surplus £2 charge for every additional 30 minutes if you’re using the bike for a longer journey. The bikes can be paid for using your card at the docking station, or even easier, by using the official Santander Cycles app, which sends a release code straight to your phone, allowing you to skip past the terminal and get cycling straight away!

All over the UK, Turvec design and install secure bike storage solutions for businesses, councils, schools and more. Get in touch with us today for any more information about how we can help to keep your bicycles safe!

 

Dutch Bike Parking: Best Way To Store Bikes?

Dutch bike parking facilities – the future?

The Dutch are often referenced as world leaders in cycling. 84% of people in the Netherlands own at least one bicycle and more than one-quarter of all trips made are by pedal power. In relation to bike storage facilities, the Dutch are certainly setting the precedent in terms of the scale of their bike parking numbers.

Mass bike storage in utrecht

Utrecht, a city where over 40% of short journeys are taken by bicycle, has the world’s largest bike ‘garage’ with 12,500 parking spaces – the ultimate in mass bike storage. As a comparison, the UK’s largest bicycle hub has capacity for around 3,000 parking spaces, at Cambridge Railway Station.

Zaandam Style: the best way to store bikes?

Another example of the cycle parking investment found in the Netherlands is seen in the city of Zaandam. A purpose-built ‘Fietsenpakhuis’, or ‘bicycle warehouse’, was developed to further encourage cycling to the city centre by bicycle. The impressive structure houses 700 bicycles and represents best practice in bike storage. Turvec’s partner company, Klaver Fietsparkeren, delivered this project for the city, installing the 2ParkUp two-tier bike rack.

Amsterdam Centraal: ultimate bike parking in the Netherlands?

This facility is found at Amsterdam Centraal Station – a common tourist entry point and one of the most photographed bike parks in the Netherlands. This multi-tiered bike park rises above the canals, and serves the railway station and surrounding area.

What can the UK learn from Netherlands bike parking?

Nationally we are seeing a trend towards Dutch-style, two-tier focused cycle hub facilities, increasing both the capacities and quality of bike storage in the UK. When planning larger bike stores, it is important to consider that UK and Dutch cyclists have different needs, with a greater requirement for security, and a larger variety of bicycle types and sizes being ridden in the UK. These special requirements should always be considered to ensure a fully-functional bike park. Nevertheless, we can learn a great deal from Netherlands bike parking design practices.

How to Prevent Bicycle Vandalism

Not everyone appreciates or respects cyclists and their bikes. Some people will go out of their way to vandalise and steal bicycles that have been left unattended.

Here’s some advice for those of you trying to keep your bicycle safe from thieves, or opportunists.

Cycling is a brilliant way to stay fit and healthy. Whether you commute to work on your bike, cycle as a hobby, or just ride to the shops, there’s no doubt that it’s a handy way to get around.

It also helps to reduce the risk of health problems associated with an inactive lifestyle.

As cycling is a low-impact exercise, it’s perfect for people of all ages and abilities; from young children to professionals, to the older generation.

It’s also a great way to reduce your impact on the environment, save some money on petrol costs and of course, avoid the ever-dreaded queueing traffic.

All cyclists should feel safe in the knowledge that their bikes are as secure as possible against thieves, vandals or other opportunists. Here are some tips.

Take your bicycle indoors

When possible, the safest option is to take your bicycle indoors with you. That way, you’ll be able to keep an eye on it, and it won’t catch the attention of the wrong person.

Hopefully – if taking your bicycle inside is not an option – there’s a secure bike rack that can be used in external spaces. Try to avoid locking against fences, lamposts or other makeshift locking points, as the local council may remove your bike for not using a dedicated area.

Also, if your bike is alone, while it may be secure, it’s more of a target to passers-by.

Park it in a busy, well-lit area

If, for any reason, you’re unable to take your bicycle inside with you, make sure you park it in a busy, well-lit area. The more people walking by will reduce the chances of a person being able to vandalise or steal your bike and go unnoticed.

It would also be a massive plus if there were CCTV in the area, as this could act as an extra deterrent. And of course, if anything were to happen to your bike, you’ll have more chance of catching the person responsible if you have video evidence.

Lock it or lose it

Invest in a secure, safe bike lock and use it every time you leave your bike unattended.

While it may sound like an obvious thing to do, it’s surprising how many people will pop into the shop, or a friends’ house, and simply leave their bicycle outside with no lock attached, trusting that nothing will happen.

It only takes a few seconds for a thief or vandal to grab your bike and cycle away when it’s not locked up.

Admittedly, no lock is impenetrable, but some are close. It’s most definitely worth getting one as the amount of effort it takes to break a good-quality lock means that it will act a major deterrent for vandals.

Is there a severe lack of safe cycle parking in your area?

If you’re plagued by poor cycle safety due to their being little to no safe cycle parking in your area, why not write to your council?

We work with councils to help keep societies safe from cycle thieves.

There’s a variety of secure, indoor and outdoor bicycle storage solutions that will help to protect your bike against vandalism and theft. Feel free to get in touch today if you’d like any more information!

London Plan Cycle Parking – Changes To The Cycling Design Standards

The London Plan outlines minimum cycle parking requirements within London.

We’ve put together a breakdown of some of the general requirements for public cycle parking.

In the 2018 update, the London Cycling Design Standards note that fit-for-purpose cycle parking should:

  • be accessible to all and signposted as necessary 
  • meet recommended space requirements but use space efficiently 
  • serve identified uses, with an appropriate balance between long- and short-stay 
  • provide for flexible use during the day and week 
  • be integrated well with other uses of a street or public or private space

Cycle parking needs to take into account all user needs. By taking all requirements into account, it can’t exclude or disadvantage riders. This includes people who use handcycles, tricycles, tandems and models adapted to suit the rider’s specific needs.

Notable changes for residential cycle parking

The bike storage numbers are calculated by the number of bedrooms in residential units, and sqm in commercial developments. The Draft New London Plan outlines increases in the previous London Plan, and below Turvec have identified what we believe are the most notable changes.

  1. 1.5 bike spaces would be required for a one-bedroom dwelling, rather than the current 1:1 ratio for one bed. 
  2. Commercial sees a proposed increase of 1 bike per 75sqm, rather than one bike per 90sqm in the current London Plan. 

These changes will have an impact on the space required for bike parking in more significant developments, and focus should remain on providing convenient, correctly spacing bike stores rather than reducing spacing to meet these requirements.

Tubular stands

For public use tubular sands, these are the considerations designers are installers must follow:

  • Stands on the highway should be either black, signal grey or stainless steel.
  • TLRN, black, nylon-coated stands are the standard for central London and town centres.
  • Stainless steel should be standard for arterial roads.
  • The stands must have a strong visual contrast with the surrounding environment.
  • A tapping rail is also recommended for the end cycle stand so that an empty stand can be identified by anyone using a cane.

Two-tier stands

Careful consideration should be given to:

  • the location of stands, minimising conflict with pedestrians using the surrounding area 
  • the level of natural surveillance surrounding the stands to ensure users feel confident to lock their cycles using the stand 
  • the design of the chosen stand, to ensure cycles can be locked by securing at least one wheel and the frame – it is possible to specify two-tier racks with an additional security bar, to enable both wheels and the structure to be secured

Cycle lockers

Designers and installers must consider:

  • the design of the locker, particularly any moving parts, which are particularly vulnerable to vandalism or leverage by thieves 
  • the space available and cycle parking demand – some cycle lockers, particularly those that Two-tiered, high capacity cycle parking at Euston station store cycles horizontally rather than vertically, has a large footprint 
  • accommodating all sizes of cycle 
  • a management system, which may be provided by the supplier or planned separately 
  • the level of supervision of locker sites, ensuring they do not suffer from vandalism or misuse 
  • the location of lockers within site, to ensure the facility is convenient and accessible 
  • the sustainability of any system in the future, allowing access to anyone who wants to use it 
  • liability for securing contents, which may need to be clearer than with open parking 
  • the ability to open and search lockers for security reasons

Shelters and compounds

For any secure shelter or compound, careful consideration should be given to:

  • access to the facility, ensuring spaces are available to registered users 
  • administration of the access system and responsibility for keys/access cards, including a deposit system for cards and whether a charge is levied 
  • type of cycle parking racks, allowing cycles to be secured within the compound and enabling parking of larger models of cycle 
  • personal security of those accessing the compound, including lighting, CCTV, visibility in the compound, doors opening away from the carriageway 
  • maintenance and operational costs 
  • management of the facility – if managed by a private company, legal agreements may be needed to enable this use of highway space 
  • retaining access for street cleaning 
  • ensuring that drainage is not adversely affected

What counts as secure?

Cycle parking outside of buildings should be:

  • sited in locations that are visible and well overlooked with high levels of natural surveillance, and CCTV where necessary 
  • designed with consideration of sight lines into and out of the cycle cages, compounds or secure store 
  • adequately lit and overlooked, particularly at night-time or where the parking is undercover

What about ideal locations?

As a general rule, and bearing in mind the need to integrate with other user needs, cycle parking should be provided:

  • as close as possible to the final destination 
  • within 15 metres for short-stay parking serving a single destination 
  • within 25 metres for short-stay parking serving multiple sites 
  • within 50 metres for longer-stay parking 
  • in convenient locations for entrances to and exits from the destination 
  • where there is step-free and comfortable access – e.g. through use of dropped kerbs, cycle routes and crossings 
  • in such a way as to allow for parking larger cycles

For a rundown of each specific location including workplace, residential and more, you can find them in the London Cycling Design Standards.

What are the best Bike Racks for an Office or Workspace?

Everyone knows that cycling to work is a great way for employees to improve their fitness, avoid standstill traffic and get energised for the day ahead. But for employers, having a workforce of keen cyclists can pose a major question: how can the bikes be safely and easily stored? Employers often don’t have much space, and employees are understandably unwilling to leave their bikes in places where they could get damaged or stolen.

At Turvec, we’re here to help you answer that question. Having designed, planned and installed bike racks for a range of industries, we’re more than happy to share our expertise when it comes to the best bike racks for offices and workspaces. So, read on to find the perfect solution for your place of work.

Two Tier Bike Racks

Perfect for busy organisations with large workforces, our two tier bike racks can be installed either inside or outside your office building. The bike rack is gas-assisted, allowing bikes to be safely lifted without cyclists having to struggle manually. This saves valuable space and time, whilst ensuring all employees’ bikes can be kept together in a safe and secure place during the working week.

Sheffield Cycle Stand

A tried and trusted classic, the Sheffield cycle stand is ideal for small organisations looking to provide a safe outdoor space for employees’ bikes. Each bike stand allows for the secure locking of two bicycles, meaning you’ll easily be able to work out how many hoops you’ll need depending on the size of your workforce. Made from stainless-steel and available with a root or surface fix, this bike rack is a functional and effective choice for any small office or workspace.

We also offer a cycle toast rack, which involves a series of Sheffield stands attached to fixed rails for ease of installation. For small businesses, this is a cost-effective and simple way to ensure your employees have a safe space to store their bikes following their commute.

Vertical Bike Rack

For offices or workspaces that are tight on space, our vertical bike rack could be the solution for you. This bike rack can be fitted either indoors or outdoors depending on your needs. The wall hanger includes a locking point for bicycles which is easy to access and provides secure storage. Suitable for all bike types, this rack is the perfect choice for organisations with limited space who want to provide a safe space for their cyclist employees.

Semi-Vertical Bike Rack

Similar to the vertical bike rack, this is a great option for organisations with lots of cyclist employees but a limited amount of storage space. This bike rack can hold any number of bicycles, making it great for high-density storage. With secure locking points, employees can park their bike and work away the day comfortable in the knowledge that their bikes are safe and will be ready and waiting for the commute home.

Whatever space you have available in your office or workplace – whether that’s indoor or outdoor – we’re sure to have a bike storage solution that will suit your needs. Contact us today to find the perfect solution for your business!

Mastering Indoor Vertical Bike Storage

Indoor vertical bike storage is achieved by hanging the bicycle on a wall or frame inside a public or domestic building.

The purpose of this is to reduce the depth of a parked bicycle to its height only, allowing storage in smaller spaces. We’ve put together some advice and tips to help you get it right.

Vertical bike racks are available in several designs, from simple wall hooks to secure units with rubber supports and locking points.

When specifying a vertical bike rack, consider the following:

Will it be secure and support heavy or thicker locks?

In a communal bike store this is vital, how can a bike be locked to the rack? Is there a locking point or easy access for a D-lock to the bicycle frame?

Even though the cycle will be inside, it doesn’t mean it will be secure without locking. Consider the thickness of the steel used in construction.

Is it easily usable inside?

How easy is it for a cyclist to park their bicycle in the rack? Are there wheel guides? How much lifting is required? Will the rack support larger or heavier bicycles? Does the design allow for the parking of bikes with mudguards?

Remember, with an indoor vertical bike rack reasonable adjustments might have to be made for commercial settings and domestic.

While these racks are designed to save space by placing cycles in an upright position, ensuring cycles can easily be manoeuvred into the wrack and locked with ease should be a consideration.

Will they offer the best bicycle support?

The basic vertical bike rack designs can damage bicycle wheels or scratch the forks, designs which protect a bicycle with rubber supports or that cradle the wheel rather than the frame are preferable.

Keeping these considerations in mind when considering dimensions and space available goes a long way to ensuring the cycle is homed safely, without scratching or damage occurring.

Installation and spacing

Is the wall or framing suitable for the installation of a rack and supporting the weight of parked bicycles? You can check out required dimensions for most cycle parking in another of our blog posts.

Looking for indoor vertical bike storage designed and installed by seasoned veterans?

Should you need any assistance with the design or installation of your indoor or outdoor vertical bike storage, we’d be happy to help.

Call us or email us today, and we’ll get back to you.

Bike parking rack dimensions

Two things determine the footprint, dimensions and loading distance required for a bike rack:

  • the dimensions of a bicycle
  • the angle the bike is parked

Typically, storage allows 750mm for handlebars and 1800mm for the length of the cycle.

Horizontal bike storage:

Horizontal racks store a bicycle conventionally on both wheels, racks with this positioning, therefore, require the full length of a bike for storage.

Rack types: Sheffield hoops, Cobra racks, recumbent parking, E-Bike stations.

Requirement: 1800mm – 2000mm footprint, 1500mm loading distance.

Vertical bike storage:

Vertical racks store a bicycle at 90 degrees, vertically on a wall or frame. The height of a bike determines this depth required for these racks; this is internationally recognised as 1200mm for larger bikes.

Rack types: Secure vertical racks, Cradle racks, wall hangers.

Requirement: 1200mm footprint, 1500mm loading distance. 2200mm ceiling height (for staggered racks).

Semi-vertical bike storage:

Semi-vertical racks store a bicycle at an angle, this reduces the required headroom for vertical frames whilst retaining the dense centre to centre spacing. Framing also reduces the installation time.

Rack types: Semi-vertical racks.

Requirement: 1500mm footprint, 1500mm loading distance.

Two-tier bike storage:

Two-tier racks position one bicycle above another to double capacity of an area.

Rack types: 2ParkUp two-tier rack.

Requirement: 2000mm footprint, 2000mm loading distance. 2600mm clear height

Still unsure about parking rack dimensions?

If you’re still unsure about any rack dimensions, measurements or design plans, then get in touch with our office; we’d be happy to help.

Folding bike lockers

Folding bike lockers provide a purpose designed compartment for the storage of Brompton and folding style bicycles. It is reported that 15% of cycle traffic during peak times in the City of London is now on folding bicycles, and we look to incorporate this into the design of our bike parking facilities.

The lockers only occupy a small footprint of 410mm x 645mm, and we supply them in stacks of two or three units, providing a highly space efficient method of bike storage. Currently these lockers are only permissible as a parking space by planning in commercial buildings, however at Turvec we believe these should also satisfy the requirement for residential developments.

Turvec bike lockers are available in a range of colours and finishes, and we can incorporate custom branding, keycard locks and electric charging points within our design. Contact our team with any questions.

 

FAQs: Public Bike Tool Maintenance Stations & Pumps

FAQs – bike tool stations and public pumps

 

How is a pump or station installed?

Public bike pumps and maintenance stations are delivered by courier or pallet ready for installation. There are four fixing points on the base plate that require bolting into a suitable surface such as a concrete pad. If you have any further queries on this subject, please call us.

What are the options for colours and branding?

We offer a range of colours and custom branding on all public/community bike repair stations and pumps. This is included with all quotes; 10 colours are standard. For bespoke requests there may be an additional charge. Turvec can include your logo on our graphics template, or print a custom design to your specification.

What is the lead time on public bike maintenance stations?

Our lead times vary depending on the time of year but we generally deliver to a 4-5 week lead time. However, during peak periods this can increase to 6-8 weeks.

Do the stations require electricity or water?

No, the bike pump is manual. Bike stations only require bolting into a secure surface and are ready for use.

Is there a product warranty?

Yes, we include a 2 year product warranty on all of our public/community pumps and repair stations.

Do the stations and pumps require maintenance?

Any public bike maintenance station may itself require maintenance periodically. We recommend assessing the tools once a year to check for any damage. Turvec offers a maintenance package. Please contact us for further information.

 

What Does a Cycle Repair Station Include?

Public bike pumps and repair stations are a common installation in new developments and public spaces. Designed to provide the opportunity for on-the-go repairs, these cyclist-friendly stations are suitable for continuous public use. Before selecting a station to install or specify, consider the following features.

The Swiss Army Knife of Cycle maintenance

Here’s what’s included in your cycle repair stations:

As standard, we include:

• A Phillips screwdriver
• A flat screwdriver
• A T25 Torx – screwdriver
• An adjustable spanner
• Skateboard tools
• A flat wrench 8×10 mm & 13×15 mm
• A hex key set
• Tyre levers.

Pairing a maintenance station with a public bicycle pump is always a good idea.

A Pressure gauge

Not all pumps will include a pressure gauge as standard; this is an important feature to ensure cyclists do not over or under inflate their tires.

Steel pump piston

Steel pump pistons are far less vulnerable to vandalism or damage than plastic alternatives; we recommend looking for this as a standard feature.

Steel cables for repair station tools

A concern for repair stations in public spaces is theft of the tools. Steel cables, ideally plastic coated, is a simple solution to this. For added security, a lockable door can be included to limit access out of hours.

How-to guides

Make sure you’re getting the most out of the repair and pump cycle stations by knowing how to use them. Here’s a quick how-to guide:

Your Branding Can Be Included

Branding a station is important, to first identify the purpose of the unit, which may not be clear to all members of the public. Branding can also be used to communicate building identity or information on the funding for a repair station.

If you’re looking for your closest bike pump, we’ve created a resource that can help. Scroll down the product page to find the repair stand and pumps map.

Bicycle Detection Systems

Bicycle detection systems provide data on the usage of cycle parking facilities. Sensors in each parking space feed data to the central system, which can then be broadcast onto information screens throughout the facility, directing cyclists to available spaces.

“data from detection systems assists with the operation of a facility”

As well as improving user experience, data from detection systems assists with the operation of a facility. Abandoned bikes can be easily identified, along with peak times and popular areas of the parking area.

Electronic detection is a proven solution to bike parking management in the Netherlands, and as cycle parking facilities continue to increase in size and scale across the UK, they are a factor that should be considered to streamline to long term management of hundreds or thousands of bicycles.

 

Why 2600mm? Two Tier Bike Racks

The minimum requirement for any two-tier bicycle rack should always be 2600mm of clear height. This dimension is based on the size of a bicycle. We allow the internationally recognised size of a 1200mm tall bicycle, this accounts for larger sizes of bikes, ensuring any cyclist can park any bicycle in all available parking spaces.

“We allow the internationally recognised size of a 1200mm tall bicycle”

Stack one bicycle on top of another directly, and this equates to 2400mm of height, however, the design of two-tier parking racks incorporates a high-low stagger on both the upper and lower tiers, this stagger is to prevent handlebars clashing when creating a closer centre to centre distance between bicycles.

This stagger distance must be a minimum of 200mm in order to avoid clashes of handlebars and ensure access. When this 200mm stagger is accounted for, the end result is a minimum headroom requirement of 2600mm.

 

Avoiding clashing points in cycle parking

Avoiding clashing points when installing a bicycle parking facility is an important but often overlooked factor. A clashing point is where a part of a bicycle, usually the handlebars clashes with an object, or another bicycle.

“Clashing points are caused when bicycles are parked too close together, or too close to an obstruction such as a pillar or services running along a ceiling. ”

These can be avoided by properly considering the size of bicycles that will be stored in the unit. See our previous posts on bicycle height and rack spacing for further detail on this. Clashing points are most common on Sheffield hoops positioned too close together. The best systems for avoiding clashing points feature dedicated parking spaces, such as a properly designed two-tier rack or our Cobra cycle rack.

Public Bike Pump Cost?

The most cost-effective installation for this type of cycling infrastructure is a stand alone bicycle pump, increasing in cost to repair stands and fully integrated repair stations with pumps.

“Prices vary significantly dependant on options, from a few hundred pounds to upwards of a thousand for a high-specification, fully-integrated solution in stainless steel.”

Repair stations and pumps are delivered fully assembled and built up ready to bolt into a suitable surface. We always recommend that a pump or repair stand is bolted into a concrete base or secure paving slabs. Tarmac is not a secure enough surface on which to install a unit, and additional costs may be involved if a concrete pad is required for which to secure a pump or station. For a detailed quotation and proposal contact Turvec about our cycling infrastructure products.