It’s no secret that Bristol has car issues. The sheer volume of vehicles means we’ve outgrown our roads and we live in a city of tailbacks and polluted air. And parking? Don’t even mention parking – here it’s become a dirty word.
Whilst there’s no quick-fix solution, there is a quiet revolution going on in one of the UK’s most cycle-friendly cities:
18 million bike trips are made in Bristol each year and 31% of Bristolians ride a bike at least once a month. In doing so, they stay fitter, beat the traffic, and save money. However, regular cyclists know that at times it can be difficult to find somewhere safe to park your bike.
Life Cycle’s Take a Stand scheme enables small businesses (including private landlords) and community organisations in Bristol to claim up to four FREE cycle stands each. Strong and tamper-proof, each Sheffield stand can park up to two bikes and is easily secured on the premises.
Paper Plane, one of Gloucester Road’s independent shops, wanted to offer this solution to their staff and customers - whilst encouraging more people to cycle. They contacted Life Cycle and had a new stand in place within a week :
“Customers used to rest their bikes against the wall outside the shop, and peer out every few moments nervously checking their bike was still there… now they are at ease in the shop, giving themselves more time to browse and try things on. It has also encouraged our staff to cycle to work, knowing they can keep an eye on their bike gives them a sense of security” – Alice, Paper Plane
Whilst Bristol’s limited car parking can reduce footfall, installing cycle stands on the premises brings customers right to the doorstep – a huge boost for business. Landlords who install stands at their properties avoid the increased wear and tear that comes from storing bikes inside.
Most importantly, those who install cycle stands are actively taking a stand against Bristol’s congestion and pollution problem, and helping people from all walks of life to connect better with their local communities. Alice says:
“We love our new cycle stand! It subtly contributes to the sense of community in the area, encouraging fitness and helping out the environment”.
Stands are provided and delivered FREE - all recipients do is install them. Life Cycle offers this service in Bristol, BANES, Bournemouth, Hereford and Swindon. Get in touch today – it’s quick and easy:
“One of the staff here at Paper Plane saw the Life Cycle Facebook page, I applied thinking it might take weeks to sort out, but within an hour or so I had a reply. The stand was delivered the next week” - Alice
If your organisation or business would like to Take a Stand®, simply follow this link.