There will be more space for storing bikes outside homes in Hackney, as the council has announced plans to increase the amount of secure on-street cycle parking in the borough.

Mayor Philip Glanville and Cllr Mete Coban with an existing hangar on Eleanor Road (c) Hackney Council

The council says that it plans to instal 675 additional on-street bike hangars across the area by the end of 2026.

The impetus for the decision is that there’s a waiting list of 5,000 people wanting a secure cycle parking space in the area, although the expansion will not meet demand, with 4,000 cycle spaces being added over the next three years.

Installation of the new hangars will begin in 2023, finishing in 2026.

As part of the implementation of the new programme, a new Council team will manage applications for a cycle hangar space and the rollout of the hundreds of new hangars.

People using the cycle hangers pay an annual fee of £43.50, plus a £26 deposit for the access key, and there’s a restriction of one space per resident.

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said “We already have more cycle hangars than any other borough, but as London’s capital of cycling, we want to do as much as we can to encourage more people to cycle – helping them to travel more healthily, tackle emissions and rebuild a greener Hackney.”

If you live in the Hackney area, you can register to join the waiting list for a cycle space here.

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5 comments
  1. JP says:

    Well good luck indeed to the work experience lad who’s had this task dumped on his hot desk.
    Having taken the requisite two hour health and safety, all singing, all dancing think of everything…course. Of course.

    Taking the almost blanket London~wide adoption of highly geographicaly-restrictive car parking allocation as the template, trying to work out reasoned justification for siting these sheds anywhere other than slap bang next to a tube or train station, will be seriously Kafkaesque. And pavement~blocking.

    No probs! When he’s eventually suffocated by the myriad demands on his street smarts, he can hop on his bike with a can of 3 in 1 oil and cycle round the sites trying to find the spot he’s rented for his bike.

    Whilst he’s scraping his shins repositioning the bike that’s pinched his place, he can console his sweaty ire by oiling the lock, hinges and gas struts attempting to reduce the tinny crash and clang that these things make (at all hours) when closing the lid.
    All for some protection from the weather and added security (or merely sense thereof).

    I’m not a miserable b@5tard, honest, I’m going through the can of worms that has opened in my head prompted by this news.
    There will be a way to keep the majority happy and on bikes, it’s simply that I’m struggling to find that particular path to Nirvana at the moment!

  2. Michael says:

    Great News! I do look forward to the encouraging of even more middle-class cyclists coming at me from all directions, on what were (until recent times) the pavements of Hackney.

  3. MilesT says:

    These secure bike hangers are not very secure.

    Already there have been instances in other boroughs where the hangar lock has been opened with a battery angle grinder (in a short amount of time) and then the bikes within are also vulnerable to the same attack. Only marginally better than attached to a fixture in the open street or on a balcony.

    Put this into context of the old joke: Q: Why do bank robbers rob banks? A: Because that’s where the money is stored.

    Sadly, I don’t think there are any good “public realm” options to secure bike storage, only 24 hour monitored / automated storage buildings (like the Dutch have at railway stations)–as part of residential development or as a use for currently empty shops.

    • ianVisits says:

      I’d say anything that needs an angle grinder to remove is going to be pretty secure against random theft — you could open my front door with an angle grinder, but I still think my home is secure, because you need something decent to get into it.

      A bike store that needs heavy duty kit to break into can be classed as secure.

  4. MilesT says:

    @ianvisits I would not class a battery angle grinder as heavy duty. they fit into a small bag or backpack so are not visible, and are not expensive.

    I think a bike stored within one of these can be gone within 5 minutes in the dead of night with little risk to the thief with a battery grinder (breaking hanger and bike locks).

    Add 2 minutes more for additional bikes (or an additional person working in parallel with their own grinder or other tools).

    That’s not what I would class as secure, and then the cyclist who has paid their fee is having to spend ¬£hundreds to replace the bike and the inconvenience when they set off for work in the morning.

    That’s assuming the the locks of hanger or bike are not easily defeated with low skill quiet physical/picking attacks (see lockpickinglawyer on Youtube–anything that can be shimmed, combed, raked, or impressioned with minimal easy to purchase tools means that it is NOT secure). Not quite sure if the hanger lock is a disk detainer (which need higher skills) and whether the latches are deadbolts or well protected from hooking or slipping, or forcing with a high leverage crowbar–any pointers to security testing done by the manufacturer?

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