Today, the City of London, the cycling community, London Public Library, Wortley Village and the Old East Village celebrated the introduction of bike parking corrals and ‘Bike Fix-it Stations’ to help support London’s cyclists and to encourage more cycling.
A bike parking corral is a large bike rack that makes use of one on-street parking space. In the same space where normally you could park one car, it allows for parking up to 14 bicycles. Two were recently installed. One in front of the Central Library (251 Dundas Street), on the south side of the street, and the other in Old East Village, on Dundas Street just east of Adelaide Street in front of several local business including Shone Pawnbroker, The Root Cellar and Tea Wisdom.
"We are introducing more bike parking in London in a truly unique way. This new bike parking corral holds up to 14 bikes in the size of one parking spot. These latest additions, coupled with the bike racks, bike rings and stylized bike posts we've added over the years, encourage Londoners to cycle to work or school and lead a more healthy, active lifestyle," notes Mayor Matt Brown.
In addition, three ‘Bike Fix-it Stations’ have been installed (Crouch Library, outside Tuckey Home Hardware in Wortley Village and Storybook Gardens) with a fourth to be installed in July. “It allows cyclists to make simple repairs or adjustments to their bicycle while out and about,” said Jay Stanford Director, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste. “You simply hang your bicycle on the stand, and use the attached tools and air pump to get your bike ready to roll!”
Today’s additions to the cycling program are a direct response to public input and feedback received as part of ongoing engagement for London ON Bikes. This is a continuation of more great things to come for the overall cycling network and program as part of Council’s commitment to Building a Sustainable City as outlined in our Strategic Plan.
After more than a year of community engagement, technical assessments and policy work, the draft Cycling Master Plan will be presented at the Civic Works Committee on Wednesday June 8.