Cambridge Cycle Parking Guide

Section 1: Introduction

Shortage of cycle parking
There is an acute shortage of secure cycle parking in Cambridge

Bikes vulnerable to theft
Bikes vulnerable to theft

1.1 Why provide cycle parking?

British society is facing unprecedented challenges, a key one of which is our dependence on the car. We need to break that cycle of dependence, to embrace and encourage simpler, less demanding modes of transport like cycling.

Cambridge is one of the few British cities with cycling levels approaching those of continental Europe. One in four people in Cambridge cycle to work and the overall modal share is ten times the national average. Yet there is an acute shortage of cycle parking in the city.

We need to address this to:

  • Provide a convenient facility for the many people who already cycle for their everyday transport needs.
  • Reduce cycle theft – the most common crime in Cambridge – and its deterrent effect on cycling.
  • Encourage more people to cycle for the good of their health, for the good of our city, and for the good of the environment.
  • Reduce the nuisance resulting from ad-hoc cycle parking on the street.
  • Encourage people to use local businesses rather than driving out to peripheral developments with sprawling car parks

Providing enough convenient and secure cycle parking at people’s homes and other locations for both residents and visitors is critical to increasing use of cycles.

In residential developments, designers should aim to make access to cycle storage at least as convenient as access to car parking.

Manual for Streets 8.2.1

The architecturally striking canopy of the cycle park at the computer laboratory provides model facilities for a larger development: adjacent, illuminated, weatherproof and welcoming
Computer Laboratory cycle parking