Take a stand this autumn


North Somerset Council is giving organisations a chance to apply for free bicycle parking with the return of the Claim a Stand scheme.

After the scheme’s success in 2017, and thanks to further funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) Access Fund, local businesses, community groups and schools can now apply for bicycle stands to be located at their premises.

The scheme, which helps provide cycling facilities for employees and visitors, makes cycling for work and leisure much easier.

Organisations can apply for up to five Sheffield type stands in a high grade stainless steel finish. Each stand provides parking for two bikes, which can be secured using a D-lock or cable lock.

Once collected, stands can be installed in a suitable location using a choice of fixings which are also provided.

In 2017, 90 cycle parking spaces were created across 15 organisations. By re-opening the scheme now, the council aims to create further convenient locations for cyclist to safely lock up their bike.

Cllr James Tonkin, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for sustainable travel said: “We are very pleased to have this funding which will help organisations to encourage their staff to travel in a sustainable way. This excellent scheme is a small part of our ongoing work to help facilitate growth in active and sustainable travel, and to reduce carbon emissions from transport.”

An application to Claim a Stand can be downloaded at: https://travelwest.info/businesses/north-somerset.

Applications are open until Thursday 31 October 2019 and for more information about the scheme or other cycling initiatives such as Borrow a Bike email: sustainable.travel@n-somerset.gov.uk.