Marlow Town Council has completed the installation of sixteen new bike hoops in the town in a match-funded project with Buckinghamshire Council.
The pandemic and associated lockdowns have created strong demand for more secure bicycle parking facilities in the town centre, according to Marlow Mayor Richard Scott. As part of its #sustainablemarlow campaign, the Council was also keen to encourage more cycling and ease congestion in the town.
“Since February 2020,” he said, “Councillors have been working closely with the officers at Buckinghamshire Council on plans initially to find an area for temporary bike racks. Instead we were able to come up with a total of sixteen new and permanent cycle hoop locations, and after the necessary investigative groundworks, they were installed in the town centre the week before Christmas.”
The new bike hoops are outside Burgers on The Causeway; at Malik’s restaurant at the bottom of the High Street; at D&G Travel further up the High Street; outside Hamptons in the High Street; and at Anglers Court in Spittal Street. The chosen locations utilise the available space and are located in high visibility areas to allow cyclists to keep line of sight of their bikes and minimise opportunistic theft.
Jocelyn Towns, Leader of the Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to deliver a permanent solution rather than the temporary one we were initially looking at. The locations were chosen with the cyclist in mind and we hope they will be a great benefit to our cycling community.”