New cycle parking scheme arrives in South Essex

SERP South Essex bike park
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A new scheme has been launched in South Essex to provide employers with free cycle parking stands.

Announced on Tuesday (26 Sept), the scheme is part of the ‘Ideas in Motion South Essex Active Travel’ initiative which is led by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in partnership with Essex County Council and Thurrock Council.

The scheme, which has been funded by a £3.33m grant from the Department for Transport’s Access Fund, aims to make it easier for people to access education, jobs and skills using healthy, physically active forms of travel such as walking and cycling.

Businesses and community groups based in Southend, Thurrock, Castle Point, Rochford or Basildon with employees, visitors or customers who arrive by bike, are eligible to apply to have up to four cycle stands free of charge.

Successful applicants are responsible for installing the cycle parking on their premises in a location agreed with ParkThatBike.

As well as the classic Sheffield-type cycle stand, heart-shaped stands, wall-mounted rails, ‘plant locks’ (a combined planter and bike rack) and free-standing ‘toast-racks’ are also available.

Tony Cox, Southend-on-Sea Borough Councillor, said:

“I am thrilled that we are able to offer local businesses and community groups, alongside Essex County and Thurrock Councils, the opportunity to change the local area’s approach to sustainable transport.

“Being able to access work and education is vitally important, and we are very committed to this programme, which will help boost the local economy and improve our carbon footprint.”

Peter Andrews, from ParkThatBike, who is coordinating the scheme, said:

“Proper cycle parking sends a strong message that an employer is doing its bit to promote cycling and to reduce its carbon footprint.

“It keeps workplaces safe and tidy and reduces the likelihood of bikes being stolen or damaged.”

To apply for free cycle parking visit the Park That Bike website or phone 01594 564 344 and ask for an application form.

29 September 2017

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