|Work Starts on Ealing Broadway Cycle Hub|
North Acton and Greenford are other possible locations
More good news for cyclists this week as work gets underway on a new bicycle hub which it's hoped will offer more secure, covered and well-lit cycle parking near Ealing Broadway station.
The new cycle stand will be covered by CCTV and will increase the existing amount of cycle parking places available to approximately 130.
It will also include a separate folding cycle hire facility.
Construction of the hub at Haven Green is due to be completed in May. Temporary cycle stands will be available at Haven Green during construction work.
Work will also begin this week on building a new taxi shelter at Haven Green. It will have improved rest and toilet facilities for drivers but the stand will have a traditional design.
The creation of the cycle hub is part of Ealing Council’s Cycling Strategy which aims to encourage more people to take to two wheels as their regular mode of transport. Ealing Council has secured £286,500 Transport for London (TfL) funding towards delivering the hub.
As one of TfL’s “Biking Boroughs”, Ealing Council is focused on creating a local culture of cycling. North Acton and Greenford stations have also been identified as potential locations for other bicycle stands in future.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said:
“Cycling is a healthy, quick and affordable way to travel, and we are committed to supporting people who want to take it up in Ealing. Residents have told us that they would be more likely to cycle if they had somewhere secure to leave their bike at Ealing Broadway.
''The cycle stand will give more cyclists that reassurance, whether they’re in the area shopping or commuting into central London.
“We’re also very excited to have a cycle hire scheme which will encourage more people to discover the pleasures of cycling.”
22nd February 2012