November 29, 2021
Cyclists will soon find it easier to visit Wandsworth’s parks and open spaces with the installation of 115 new bike stands across the borough – 52 of which will be in Battersea Park.
Work will get underway shortly to install the bike stands in 14 parks and open spaces, providing more secure places for bikes to be stored while their owners enjoy local green spaces.
As well as improving security for people who arrive by bike, the aim is to encourage more people to use bicycles as a preferred way to travel.
Battersea Park is the busiest and most popular of the borough’s green spaces and significant numbers of visitors currently choose to arrive by car.
The design of each location will also allow some of the stands to be used by cargo bikes, which are increasing in popularity across the borough.
The council’s director of environment and community services Paul Chadwick said: “We hope these additional bike stands will encourage more people to travel to our parks and green spaces on two wheels instead of four.
“We are taking action across the board to encourage people to travel in a more sustainable way and have just published our new walking and cycling strategy to make these environmentally friendly forms of travel safer, easier and more convenient.
“Improving cycle infrastructure is a key element of these plans and also of the council’s climate change commitments to deliver a carbon-neutral town hall by 2030.”
A number of bike stands in Battersea Park will be near to Queenstown Road and the Nine Elms area, where recently the first phase of a scheme to provide safer streets and to support active travel through the area has been completed.