York-based bicycle retailer Cycle Heaven and train operator East Coast yesterday opened the new secure cycle parking compound they have developed at the city’s railway station.
The facility, located at the end of platform 1 and with space for 400 bicycles, is managed by Cycle Heaven, and regular users can purchase weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual access.
There is a one-off rental charge of £15 for the fob that gives 24-hour access to the facility, and parking costs start from the equivalent of 27p a day for long-term users.
Anyone wishing to use the facility for a period of less than a week can check their bike in via Cycle Heaven’s shop on the station when it is open during normal hours from Monday to Saturday and, during the summer, Sundays - details can be found here.
Andy Shrimpton, owner of Cycle Heaven, said: “With some top-of-the-range cycles valued at several thousand pounds, peace of mind is very important to their owners.
“The new compound offers an enhanced level of security compared with the traditional open cycle racks. Early indications are that it is proving very popular, particularly among owners of higher-value bikes.”
Full details of the secure parking facility, including costs, can be found here.
East Coast Stations and Property Director Tim Hedley-Jones commented: “This new facility is a very welcome addition to our existing facilities for cyclists in York.
“The new compound offers a higher level of secure storage: we expect it to prove highly popular with cyclists, particularly those with higher-value bikes.”
Councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability at York City Council, added: “York is one of the top cycling cities in the UK, with over 20 per cent of the city’s population commuting to work by bike every day and hundreds heading to and from the station.
“I hope that 2013/14 will be remembered as the year of cycling in York. With the recent announcement that the Grande Depart is coming to Yorkshire, as well as our annual York Cycling City Centre Races taking place this summer, cycling is becoming more and more popular among thousands of our residents.
“So, I welcome this new secure bike facility, which will hopefully encourage even more people to take up cycling.”
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.