NEW cycle parking is being installed in Leamington town centre.
The work, aimed at supporting and encouraging sustainable travel, will see two covered shelters installed in Chandos Street car park, providing secure cycle parking for up to 18 bikes and two cargo bikes.
Permanent parking stands are also being installed in Victoria Park for up 20 bikes, one cargo bike and nine children’s scooters.
Warwick District Council (WDC) climate change spokesman Alan Rhead said: “The recent success of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games cycling road race in Warwick district will have no doubt inspired a new generation of keen cyclists looking to explore our wonderful district.
“Providing secure cycle parking in key accessible parts of the town is crucial when promoting and championing sustainable travel. By installing these permanent facilities, we are encouraging more people to visit our towns and open spaces by bike, helping to reduce emissions whilst at the same time improving their own health and wellbeing.”
The existing cycle parking provision at Chandos Street will be removed to make way for the new shelters, so there will be a brief period during the construction where cycle parking is not available, but disruption will be kept to a minimum.
Alternative cycle parking is available nearby on the Parade outside Tesco, at various stands along Warwick Street and on Newbold Terrace.
WDC is working with Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) transport planning team to look at the potential for further cycle parking infrastructure across the district.
This follows WCC’s recently published consultation on their local cycling and walking infrastructure plan.
Residents can also be rewarded for cycling when moving around the district. The Choose How You Move in Warwick District challenge rewards users with BetterPoints for tracking their active travel – whether moving about by foot, wheel, bus, or train. The points can be redeemed on the high street at favourite local stores or donated to charity.
It is completely free to sign up and participate – chym.betterpoints.uk/