Lambeth commission spells success for Cyclehoop
Bike stands pick out borough's names on boundaries with Southwark and Wandsworth...

The business that developed the innovative Cyclehoop, which turns existing pieces of street furniture into bicycle parking facilities, has designed an attention-grabbing set of bike stands for Lambeth Council that spell out the borough’s names, with each stand incorporating a different letter within its design.

Two sets of the bespoke racks have been installed in the borough, one on Waterloo Road by the boundary with Southwark, the other on Wandsworth Road where Lambeth meets the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Cyclehoop says that “a subtle Lambeth welcome is slowly revealed as you approach the bike racks at a certain angle which is a refreshing improvement to the former ‘Welcome to Lambeth’ signs installed last summer.”

The inspiration behind the design came from an earlier project carried out in New York City by Cyclehoop’s managing director, Anthony Lau, who explains: “Two years ago there was an international cycle parking design competition organised by New York City where we were winners with our indoor storage solutions.

“We also submitted a design for an outdoor bicycle design that spelt N Y C. Following the competition, Lambeth Council, one of the first councils in London to
use our Cyclehoop bicycle racks, approached us to design a version for the borough.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


A V Lowe [561 posts] 4 years ago

Original cast hoops for Toronto (1990) had "City of Toronto - Cycle Parking" cast into ring, and replicated for City of Cambridge (MA).

You can do some really creative things by small embellishments on basic cycle racks - Portsmouth had seafaring rope work (knots and hitches) strung across the space inside the hoop or ring. In 1990 Sutton Coldfield had laser-cut overlay in thin steel plate fitted to outer cladding of lockers.

Cycle parking can work to reduce need for other street furniture/clutter by carrying car & cycle parking signage - have done sample sketches for a few projects over the years.

STATO [470 posts] 4 years ago

Well that only really works when its not in use doesnt it. Good idea about using them to replacing other street furniture tho, I know many cyclists just lock to sign-posts anyway at least this will 'promote' cycling in the area a bit more.

sponican [84 posts] 4 years ago

What if you approach them from the other direction? Is there a London Borough called HTEBMAL?

Louise Papadopoullos [1 post] 4 years ago

If you approach from the other direction its an anagram game.