New cycle shelter installed at Old Station Car Park
Release date: 1 August 2016
Caption: Cllr Harris (left) and Cllr MacKenzie-Charrington (right) admire the new bike shelter.
Cyclists in Cirencester can now use a brand new shelter in the Old Station Car Park, which provides racks to accommodate up to ten bikes.
The shelter was officially opened on Monday 1 August by Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, the Cotswold District Council Cabinet Member with oversight of Cirencester parking issues, and also Cllr Mark Harris, Mayor of Cirencester and the Chair of the Cirencester Parking Project. Both hope that this initiative will encourage more people to consider cycling into town - and if these racks are well used, the Council will look for additional sites which can accommodate more cycle racks.
Cllr MacKenzie-Charrington said:
“We know that parking spaces are at a premium in Cirencester during peak demand times and, while we are looking to increase capacity in car parks, we are also trying to make it easier to pursue other transport options to and from the town, including cycling and walking. We have already improved facilities for cycle parking at the Forum car park and it’s good to see this shelter up and running now. In the next few months, we also plan to provide more cycle racks at the Beeches car park.”
Cllr Harris echoed his comments and added:
“Cycling is a really easy – and healthy - way of getting to and from the town centre when the distances involved are relatively short, and we hope that more people will be tempted to try two wheels instead of four by making attractive new facilities available.
“This shelter at the Old Station car park benefits from solar lighting so it will increase safety for users during non-daylight hours – a very important consideration if we are to encourage more use during the winter months in particular.
“The Town Council plans to buy pool bicycles to allow staff to get around to meetings without having to jump in a vehicle, so I hope we are leading by example.”
To find out more about the Cirencester Parking Project please go to the Cotswold District Council website.