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Bike hangar storage

We the undersigned petition the council to request more bike hangar storage in the Stroud Green area. The current bike lockers (installed by Cyclehoop) are grossly oversubscribe with wait times of several years. I personally registered for a Cycle Hoop Bike Hangar space back in July 2020 - but 16 months on, we still have no appropriate bike storage. I recently contacted Cyclehoop to ask where we were on the waiting list. Turns out, we're 37th on the list and told it'll be a further 2 year wait, at least! And from speaking with other local households, many other residents are in the same situation, waiting even longer (over 3 years) in some cases The Cyclehoop bike hangars are ideal. But with waiting times of several years, we strongly urge Haringey Council to engage with the local community on this issue and massively increase the capacity of bike lockers in the local area.

What reasons justify more bike spaces?

1) Climate change: COP 26 has just ended. Transport is the UK's biggest polluting sector, accounting for 27% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions. This can be significantly reduced if more people are enabled to cycle more often.

2) Theft: The pandemic has seen bike theft rise further. And locally, with the recent burglaries on Stapleton Hall Road, lack of secure parking options is another main contributor as to why people don’t buy a bike in the first place and choose to continue driving.

3) Health: Getting exercise with cycling leads to an increase in individuals’ mental health, in addition to physical. This can reduce the strain on local health services that are already under extreme pressure.

4) Economic: Studies have evidenced that cyclists bring in more money to street level businesses. With more secure bike parking, this can help investment into local businesses in the area, at a time when independent businesses have struggled to recover from the pandemic.

5) Fire hazards: Bikes in communal hallways block entry and exit routes. In the event of a fire, items obstructing entrances or hallways can make it extremely difficult for residents to evacuate a building and can delay the fire service getting to a fire, putting your life and the lives of others at risk. In addition, flammable items, like batteries in e-bikes, can also create a fire or smoke hazard causing further risk.

This ePetition ran from 20/11/2021 to 19/01/2022 and has now finished.

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