At the beginning of the year, we were working with Central Bedfordshire Council to finalise the installation of twenty bike repair station units.
The finished project formed a crucial part of the council’s strategy to get more people engaged with active travel.
Bike repair stations can be used to help support more cycling journeys by providing essential roadside support for punctures, loose bolts, and all manner of bicycle problems which can stop you pedalling.
For councils like Central Bedfordshire, rolling out bike repair station units in public locations can work toward LCWIPs (local cycling and walking infrastructure plans), helping to promote and facilitate cycling.
We spoke to Tom Price, Senior Sustainable Transport Officer at Central Bedfordshire Council to find out more about their roll out of the bike repair stations.
Promoting Active Travel Journeys
It can be challenging for councils – particularly outside of major cities like London, Birmingham, and Manchester – to get more people out of cars and onto their bikes.
Tom explains how engagement formed the first step to understanding how to increase cycling and walking:
“The Council has an adopted Sustainability Plan which is our roadmap to net zero by 2030 and improvements to active travel are a key component of this. Our recent engagement with communities during the development of our Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) highlighted that residents want safe, convenient routes for making local journeys through active travel modes.”
Unlike urban environments, where journey times are shorter and cars fewer, the majority of UK councils are more remote.
“The rural nature of Central Bedfordshire means there is a higher reliance on the car and so it is really important we try to improve opportunities for active travel and sustainable transport,” says Tom. “It is a challenging task but one we are working through!”