A project to roll out secure on-street bike parking in Edinburgh is set to double

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Picture: Edinburgh City Council

A further 1,200 spaces of secure on-street cycling parking will be built in Edinburgh – subject to funding.

The contractors Cyclehood Ltd started installing covered bike storage containers around the city in January 2019.

The idea was to create a safe and accessible storage for bikes, particularly in tenement areas, to encourage more people to cycle.

So far, 108 units have been installed with a 91% occupancy rate. Around 476 people are on the waiting list for a space.

On Thursday last week, Edinburgh City Council’s transport and environmental committee approved proposals to expand, adding 50 extra locations and 100 more storage containers.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, transport and environment convener, said: “I’m delighted that we’re now going to be able to double the secure cycle storage units being installed across the city, subject to funding.

“When this project was first approved, it aimed to resolve issues around theft and the storage of bikes in stairwells, in turn making cycling a more attractive, convenient way to travel. Over the past year, we’ve seen so many people realising the benefits of cycling, and I hope this decision will encourage even more people to take it up.”

Cycle storage costs users £6 a month in addition to an initial deposit.

Find more about bike parking on the council’s website.