Just days after councillors backed plans to make it simpler and quicker for residents to request bike hangars, those requests can now be made via the council’s website.
Twenty hangars could be installed within the next six months
People are now able to request a hangar for their street through a simple online form - and if there is enough local demand and the location is suitable - the installation will be fast-tracked. It’s expected that an initial 20 hangars will be installed over the next six months.
They can safely and securely store up to six bikes and are accessed by people who have signed up to the scheme and been given a key.
The purchase and installation cost of each hangar can be met using grants from Transport for London (TfL) while their ongoing maintenance, cleaning and removal of litter will be undertaken by the company providing the equipment – in return for an annual membership fee from the residents who use them.
Wandsworth is already home to nearly three dozen hangars on local estates, while providing safe and secure bike storage for residents is a key planning condition on all new housing developments.
Transport spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: “The council is keen to support cycling and encourage more residents to take up two wheeled travel – and with this goal in mind – we are making it easier for people to securely store their bikes – especially those who don’t have gardens or enough room inside their homes.
“We are streamlining the process so that hangers can be installed quickly and easily where there is the need and the demand.
“Making it easier for local people to switch to two-wheeled transport is a key element of our environmental and sustainability strategy which will be at the heart of town hall policies between now and 2030."
When a potential site has been requested and identified as suitable, local residents and ward councillors will be consulted and asked for their views.