Brighton & Hove City Council would like to know where you want to park your bike. Anyone who cycles around town will have noticed that with the better weather it is becoming more and more difficult to find a vacant bike rail when you reach your destination.
The Council has a rolling programme of installing bike stands near to public buildings, shops and parks. To celebrate National Bike Week (11-19 June) the council has 55 new stands available for bicycle parking and would like some input from the city's cyclists about where to put the new stands.
In tandem with this programme, the council is also taking action to remove abandoned bikes. These are often attached to existing stands, so it will free up even more bike parking.
Most abandoned bikes are identified by the public safety team on their rounds, and they also blitz targeted areas. They are easy to identify as usually just the frame is left or bits of bike ‘debris’. These are taken to Hollingdean to be recycled for scrap metal. On the rare occasion that bikes in good condition are found they are donated to a local charity.
Between January and March this year officers and members of the public reported 93 abandoned bicycles on Brighton & Hove's streets. Only two of these were ever claimed by the owner. Initial figures for April and May show that 39 bikes were found.
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