Cycling in Middlesbrough is set for a boost thanks to a new scheme encouraging organisations to install free bike stands in their community.
Community groups, small businesses, surgeries, shops, offices, churches and voluntary sector organisations can all apply for up to two cycle parking stands as part of the scheme, with each stand holding two bikes neatly and securely.
The community cycle parking scheme is funded by a £1.2m grant from the Department for Transport, which Middlesbrough Council successfully secured in June.
The ‘Sustainable Middlesbrough - A Place for Business’ package of measures will help the local economy grow, cut carbon emissions and contribute towards a better quality of life for people living and working in Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough Council has joined forces with a social enterprise ‘ParkThatBike’ to roll out the bike stand bonanza.
The recipient of the free bike stands will be responsible for installing them on their own premises in a location agreed with the council.
Councillor Nicky Walker, Executive Member for Transport, said: “Cycling in Middlesbrough is increasingly popular so it's important that as a council we support people in their travel choices.
“This project shows our on-going commitment to providing improved cycle facilities.
“High quality cycle parking helps tackle the problem of bike theft and sends a strong message that an organisation is doing its bit to promote cycling and to reduce its carbon footprint.”
Chris Orr, Middlesbrough Council’s Cycling Officer, said: “If everyone replaced one car journey to work per week with cycling, it would have the effect of reducing congestion levels to that of the schools holidays.
“Every small change really does help.”
Peter Andrews, Director of ParkThatBike, said: “This is a simple, cost-effective initiative to combat cycle theft and to make cycling easier and more convenient.
“We’re particularly keen to see applications from small businesses, community groups and good causes who would otherwise struggle to afford quality cycle parking.”
To apply for a pair of cycle stands visit www.ParkThatBike.com or phone 01594 564 344 and ask for an application form.
Only a limited number of cycle stands are available overall and it will be first come, first served.