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Read our residents stories to find out how much they love their cycle parking space!

ALISON

London Borough of Haringey

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m a school librarian due to retire end of March and start a new life.

What do you use your bike for?

I use my bike for everything – commuting, shopping, going to choir and touring.

What do you love about cycling?

I love the fact that it’s cheap, I’m never late for anything and you get to see really interesting parts of London.

Where did you store your bicycle before you had a Bikehangar?

I have a TriMetals storage facility at the back of my house but we are overflowing with bikes in our house and there was no room left so I decided to ask the council for a hangar.

Tell us why you love your Bikehangar?

I love the hangar because somehow, I got it placed outside my house (partly because others in the street didn’t want to look out at it despite the fact the street is lined with cars either side!) so I just step outside my front door and there it is. It’s convenient to use and much easier than getting the bike out of the TriMetal store from the back of the house.

What’s is your top tip for getting one on your street? 

Try to get others on board in your street if you want a hangar – you are bound to find others who have a bike stored in their hall and need the space or want to start cycling – don’t be put off by the petrol heads who can’t understand why you’d want to take up a parking space with something that houses 6 bikes! (We don’t have a car). Get in with the local councillor who favours cycling and ask them to support you. Push, push and push again – you know it makes sense!

MANUEL

London Borough of Southwark

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a 33 years old Spanish guy living in London and loving it for the last 7 years. I am an IT Consultant working in Finances. Curious about almost everything. Passionate about technology and people.

What do you use your bike for?

I use my bike for everything. I use it every day to go to the office or to clients’ site. To go to the gym. To go to the supermarket. To go central to meet friends.

What do you love about cycling?

It saves time and money. It helps me to keep me healthy without even noticing. And it gives me lot of freedom when planning my journeys as I don’t depend on public transport.

Where did you store your bicycle before you had a Bikehangar/Bikehangar?

I used to chain it to the railing at my flat entrance. Or sometimes I used to take it upstairs to my flat. Which is painful as I live in the 3rd floor, there is no lift and not much room in the flat to keep it there.

Tell us why you love your Bikehangar/Bikelocker

It is very convenient. No more climbing the stairs carrying my bike. And it gives me the peace of knowing that my bike is protected from the rain and safe from easily being stolen.

What’s is your top tip for getting one on your street? 

Use the Cyclehoop website to suggest a new location. Talk to your neighbours about it. You will be surprised of how many people use bikes in your street or in your flat, and would be very interested. Contact your council. Making it easier to use bikes and promoting them is a great thing for a busy city like London.

JAMIE

London Borough of Southwark

Tell us a little about yourself

I work as a web programmer and I’m involved in organising various events related to open source software and education.

What do you use your bike for?

It’s my primary means of transport around the city. For work and leisure. I take the bike on the occasional short cycle tour in the UK and France but less often in recent years, which I’m okay with.

What do you love about cycling?

There’s a lot to love. I think cycling is by far and away the best way to get to know a city. It gives you near total autonomy to travel wherever you want, at whatever pace you want, on highways and byways, and stop wherever you want, wherever you see something interesting.

Where did you store your bicycle before you had a Bikehangar/Bikelocker?

We kept both bikes in our flat but, with a baby on the way, it was time to find them a new home.

Tell us why you love your Bikehangar/Bikelocker

It’s:

  • Super close to home
  • The first genuinely-secure bike storage mechanism I’ve used
  • Really nicely engineered
  • Kinda heart-warming to see a bike hanger on a local street
What’s is your top tip for getting one on your street? 

We were lucky that there was already one on our street. Friends in nearby Nunhead (Hollydale Rd) lobbied neighbours to get one installed but it didn’t pan out. Not sure what they could have done differently… perhaps there really aren’t enough cyclists living there but I somehow doubt it. If people knew how affordable and useful it is, perhaps they’d change their minds.

ZOE

London Borough of Southwark

What do you use your bike for?

I am mainly a commuting cyclist, I use my Brompton to get to the station but when I can I try to do longer leisure rides. It's always great getting out of London into the countryside.

What do you love about cycling?

I took up cycling a few years ago. I was driving 2 miles to work and decided to try cycling so bought a cheap bike as part of cycle2work from Halfords. I was totally unfit and found cycling really hard, I was always overjoyed when I reached a red light so I could have a rest. I arrived at work very red and sweaty! However, over time I got faster and less tired. I stopped being the last cyclist in the queue and going up hills became easier. More than anything, I loved that I was using my own power to get about. It sounds obvious, but as someone who drove everywhere and is not a natural athlete it felt amazing. Cycling is great because it isn’t really exercise, it’s a mode of transport.

Where did you store your bicycle before you had a Bikehangar/Bikelocker?

My bike was squeezed into my shed, and it was really hard to get it out as it always got caught on various bits of stuff or the peddle would knock something over as I pulled it out.

Tell us why you love your Bikehangar/Bikelocker

It makes getting my bike out much easier! There is also more space in my shed for all the stuff I don’t get around to chucking out.

What’s is your top tip for getting one on your street? 

Try to think like the council, identify all the things they are likely to object to and come up with  solutions. Then be really persistent. Councils are not the easiest organisations to deal with and you need to keep at it to be successful.

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