Work on a new bicycle hub that will offer more secure, covered and well-lit cycle parking near Ealing Broadway station is set to begin next week.
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 will begin on Monday 20 February and is due to be completed in May.
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.
Temporary cycle stands will be available at Haven Green during construction work. 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. The cycling strategy includes other investment by the council such as:
* Building on existing award-winning cycle training schemes and continuing to provide advice to new or existing cyclists
* Continuing highway engineering schemes to remove barriers which inconvenience or endanger cyclists
* Extending off-road routes.
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.
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.”