Cycling in London has boomed since March 2020. Over the first Covid lockdown bike shops across London stayed open – deemed as essential – and most ended up with a shortage of bikes thanks to demand outpacing supply.
But more bikes has meant many are struggling with where to conveniently keep their bikes. If you live in a terrace house with no outdoor space, where do you keep your bicycle? Many are faced with this problem, including members of the Turvec team.
As a result, the Clean Cities Campaign asked for social media users to submit examples of where they’re keeping their bicycles, with many left in bathrooms, bedrooms, or stairways.
So, how can our towns and cities tackle this issue?
60,000 waiting for hangar spaces
As well as collating examples of London’s bike storage woes, the Clean Cities Campaign also submitted a freedom of information request finding waiting lists over 60,000 across the capital for bike hangar spaces.
Bike hangars are on-street shelters that usually take the place of a car parking space. They are rented out to users for roughly 120 to 150 pounds per year and provide a smart retrofit solution for Victorian terrace housing.
However, with demand soaring for spaces, it is becoming increasingly clear that more can be done to provide secure parking for Londoners.