Cycle-Works worked with Cambridgeshire County Council to provide over 200 secure Velo-Box lockers at five new Park & Ride sites throughout the city of Cambridge to resolve the issue of bike theft.
These sites at Babraham, Trumpington, Madingley Road, New Market and Milton, cater to both car drivers and cyclists. However, an issue was developing with bike theft, and users were reluctant to leave their bikes.
After an initial trial, the proven, tested and secure Velo-Box lockers became a much-needed addition to the Park & Ride sites. A good working relationship has developed and over 200 lockers have since been installed by the company’s installation team. The Council manages the lockers and rents them out for a key deposit and monthly rental fee.
The cycle lockers have been colour-coded to match the bus route they are serving.
The Secured By Design approved lockers are aimed at regular users and promote the integrated use of cycling and buses. This healthy and environmentally-friendly way of commuting reduces car journeys, therefore helping to ease road congestion. This coincides with Cycle-Works' ethos of providing environmentally-friendly products and services.
Most of the lockers Cycle-Works installed are single-sided Velo-Boxes for access from one side, however, some sites could accommodate the space-saving double-sided version.
Cyclists now enjoy the peace of mind that their bicycles are kept dry and safe while stored. Accessories such as high-viz jackets, rain gear, helmets and lights can also be stored safely.
Campbell Ross-Bains, Bus Operations and Facilities manager for Cambridgeshire County Council said, “We have around 185 lockers at present with another 56 on order. We rent them out at £10 per month and all are currently in use with a waiting list currently standing at 32. 70 of the 185 lockers are hired out directly by to two local employers who pay for them and provide them free of charge for their staff. Another 15 of the new lockers on order will also be hired out by employers.”