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We provide free, secure cycle stands to businesses and community organisations, thanks to funding from your local authority. Installing cycle parking is a great way to drive footfall to your premises, create cycle-friendly workplaces and give back to your community. To apply for your free Sheffield stands through our Take a Stand® scheme, please read the information on this page to check you are eligible, then fill out our online application form.

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  1. Who can apply?

  2. Installation information

  3. Features and benefits

  4. How do I apply?

 

Who can apply?

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Not sure if you are in a qualifying area? Enter your postcode to confirm your Local Authority.

Not eligible but still want stands? Click here to purchase Sheffield stands from us. 

 

Bath & North East Somerset (BathNES)

Receive up to 2 Sheffield stands supplied and delivered FREE of charge – to be installed by you. The subsidy is open to small organisations who may not have a budget for cycle parking, for example:

  • Small, local businesses such as independent shops, pubs, and dental surgeries. 
  • Voluntary sector and community organisations such as charities or places of worship. 

We can’t offer free stands to state-funded institutions such as schools or fire stations, or large corporate businesses. 

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Bristol

Receive up to 4 Sheffield stands supplied and delivered FREE of charge. You have the option to install them yourself - or get FREE installation*. The subsidy is open to small organisations who do not have a budget for cycle parking, for example:

  • Small, local businesses such as independent shops, pubs, and dental surgeries. 
  • Voluntary sector and community organisations such as charities or places of worship. 

We can’t offer free stands to state-funded institutions such as schools or fire stations - or large businesses. This offer is funded by *the Megawatt Community Energy Fund and Travelwest.

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Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP)

Receive up to 5 Sheffield stands supplied and delivered FREE of charge – to be installed by you. The subsidy is open to small organisations who may not have a budget for cycle parking, for example:

  • Small, local businesses such as independent shops, pubs, and dental surgeries. 
  • Private landlords who want to protect their property interior from bike marks and scuffing. 
  • Voluntary sector and community organisations such as charities or places of worship. 

We can’t offer free stands to state-funded institutions such as schools or fire stations, or large corporate businesses. 

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Herefordshire

*** ALL FUNDING NOW ALLOCATED *** Please still apply if you wish to 'register your interest' and we will make contact with you at any future relaunch of the scheme.

Receive up to 4 Sheffield stands supplied, delivered and installed FREE of charge. This offer is open to all businesses regardless of size, including some state-funded organisations, thanks to funding from Herefordshire Council. The scheme is designed to incentivise and support cycle-friendly workplaces throughout the Herefordshire local authority area.

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Somerset

Receive up to 4 Sheffield stands supplied, delivered and installed FREE of charge. The subsidy is open to small organisations who may not have a budget for cycle parking, for example:

  • Independent, local businesses such as shops, pubs, and dental surgeries. 
  • Voluntary sector and community organisations such as charities or places of worship. 

We can’t offer free stands to state-funded institutions such as schools or fire stations, or large corporate businesses. All applications will be considered, but priority will be given to organisations in areas impacted by the building of the Hinkley Point C Power Station. This offer is funded by the HPC Community Fund and Somerset Community Foundation for use in the Somerset County Council area.

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Swindon

Receive up to 4 Sheffield stands supplied and delivered FREE of charge – to be installed by you. The subsidy is open to small organisations who may not have a budget for cycle parking, for example:

  • Small, local businesses such as independent shops, pubs, and dental surgeries. 
  • Private landlords who want to protect their property interior from bike marks and scuffing. 
  • Voluntary sector and community organisations such as charities or places of worship. 

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North Wiltshire

Receive up to 2 Sheffield stands supplied, delivered and installed FREE of charge. Thanks to funding from Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy. The subsidy is open to small organisations who may not have a budget for cycle parking, for example:

  • Small, local businesses such as independent shops, pubs, and dental surgeries. 
  • Voluntary sector and community organisations such as charities or places of worship. 

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Installation information

Whether you qualify for free installation or not, please plan where your stands will go before applying. Installing Sheffield stands is not difficult. We have provided some guidelines below, but we advise you to read our full guidelines OR you can download our full guidelines here.

  1. Stands must be installed within the boundaries of a participating local authority.
  2. We cannot normally give you free stands if their provision forms part of a planning application.
  3. You may not be able to install cycle stands near a listed building or in a conservation area. If in doubt, check with your local council before applying.
  4. Stands cannot be installed on the public highway.
  5. You should either be the owner of the land on which stands are installed, or have the permission of the owners.

Positioning

When siting bicycle parking it is crucial that you allow enough space. If bicycles are rammed next to each other or if the stands are too close to a wall, the parking will be awkward to access and as a result is unlikely to be used. 

Ensure that the stands are far enough away from walls and each other (see our full installation guidelines) to allow a bicycle to be locked on both sides. There needs to be adequate room for the wheel to stick out of the end without causing an obstruction. 

Always ensure cycle parking is clearly visible to visitors, in a well-lit area and preferably overlooked by windows. Cycle stands that are hidden away are more likely to be targeted by thieves.

We offer two types of stand:

1.  Sink-in

These stands are suitable for all surfaces including tarmac, block paving, slabs or similar. You’ll need to dig two holes, then concrete the posts into position. This is the most popular type of stand.

2.  Bolt down

These stands are only suitable for smooth, solid concrete surfaces. You cannot bolt stands onto any other surface. The stands are fastened down using 12mm expansion bolts which are supplied with your stands.

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Features and benefits

“We love our new cycle stand! It contributes to the sense of community in the area, encouraging fitness and helping the environment. Customers with bikes are now at ease leaving their bikes outside the shop, giving them more time to browse and try things on” – Alice, Paper Plane.

Installing cycle parking is a simple, yet highly effective way to enhance your premises, with benefits including:

Boosting footfall to your business

Studies show that cyclists spend more in local shops than motorists. Having secure cycle parking on your doorstep is a great way to boost footfall.

Happier, healthier staff

Being a cycle-friendly employer enables your staff to save money on transport, take daily exercise and avoid traffic jams.

Reducing your carbon footprint

It's simple: More cycling means fewer cars on the road. Studies have shown that 'going green' is good for business too.

Why Sheffield stands?

Secure cycle parking is a key concern for anyone visiting your premises. Sheffield stands are made of a thick stainless or galvanized steel tube bent into the shape of a square arch. These stands are sturdy and secure, minimising the risk of tampering and theft. Each stand can park two bikes securely.

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How do I apply?

Applying is quick and easy via our online form. But before you apply, please take a minute to:

  1. Check you are eligible 
  2. Check your premises are suitable 
  3. Identify what kind of stands you need 

What happens after I apply?

We'll contact you to verify your eligibility and check that your premises are suitable for the cycle stands you have selected. We will then arrange the delivery. 

If you qualify for free installation: Our installer will get in touch to arrange a suitable time to fit the stands.

If you are installing them yourself: You must install the stands within three months at an accessible location off the public highway and send us a photo as proof.

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Apply now!

Can't fill in the form - or have questions about the application process? Please email bernadette@lifecycleuk.org.uk.
 

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