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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