The BBC reports how the recently-refurbished Alphabeta building is encouraging its tenants to cycle to work. Billed by the architect responsible as ‘the first cycle-in building in London,’ those on bikes enter the building via a dedicated entrance ramp which takes them directly to a 210-space cycle store.
The building – which is intended to connect Tech City with The City and attract workers from both areas – has been fitted out to the specifications of architect Dickon Hayward. Explaining the design, he said:
“This is the first cycle-in building in London. Cycling is really important to the tenants that we have here and what we think is the new way of getting around the city.
“We knew that cycling was going to be in the lower ground floor, so we considered different ways of getting cyclists in there – either a lift or stairs – but in the end we realised we had the space to create a ramp all the way down there.”
It has to be said that the ramp does look reasonably steep and is it our imagination or does the BBC reporter skid a bit as his Boris Bike rounds the corner? You also have to exit the building via the same ramp, which should get the heart-rate up at the start of your journey home.
The London Evening Standard previously reported that the ramp was going to be launched via a fixie race – make of that what you will. The same report also said that there would be a resident bike mechanic at the building, which would be a nice touch.