Have a say on city's Bike Park service
Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2017
PEOPLE are being asked for their views on potential changes to opening times, charges and services available at Leicester’s city centre bike park.
The Bike Park – located in Leicester’s Town Hall – is run by local social enterprise Future Cycles, on behalf of the city council.
As well as secure cycle parking, the Bike Park has showers, lockers and changing facilities. It also offers cycle repairs, servicing and a well-stocked bike shop. It is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The existing operating contract is due to expire in autumn 2017, and a new tendering opportunity will be advertised during the summer.
Ahead of this, the city council has launched a consultation to find out what people think of the existing service at the Bike Park, and what could be improved.
Comments are being invited on opening hours, pricing and the range of services currently offered, along with the possibility of introducing a one-off annual charge of £10 and automatic entry with a key fob or similar.
Cllr Adam Clarke, Assistant City Mayor for energy and sustainability, said: “We’re determined to make it as safe and easy as possible for cyclists to get around our city centre, and providing first class bike parking facilities is an important part of that.
“We want to hear from people who use the Bike Park, and those who haven’t yet tried it, to see if there are any changes or improvements we can make to help encourage even more people to discover the benefits of cycling.”
The consultation can be completed online at consultations.leicester.gov.uk
Copies of the questionnaire will also be available from the Town Hall Bike Park, local libraries and the city council’s Customer Service Centre on Granby Street.
The closing date for the consultation will be Sunday 26 February.
Future Cycles has operated the Bike Park since May 2012, when it reopened following a major £200,000 refurbishment funded by the city council and the Department for Transport.