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£37,000 BIKE HANGARS ARRIVE IN SALFORD
 

Star date: 12th September 2018

FIRST BIKE HANGARS FOR SALFORD

"It's in the middle of the road, it looks awful and I don't think a single person has used it..." resident

For the past few months, eleven bike hangars have been placed around Salford as a pilot scheme for residents to store their cycles securely. The £37,000 project has been paid for by the Department of Transport's Cycle City Ambition grant and is endorsed by Greater Manchester Cycling Commissioner, Chris Boardman.

The scheme will cost £20 to use for the first two years, increasing to £40 a year after that, and has been met with mixed reactions in the community.

Full details here...


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Salford Bike Hangars
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Recently eleven bike metal hangars have landed in Salford at various locations* looking totally conspicuous on the street scene. They cost £37,000, from a Department of Transport Cycle City Ambition grant and the city has been chosen as a pilot scheme for Greater Manchester, run by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Salford City Council.

The hangars can hold six cycles and the idea is that residents who have little or no space to store their bikes can use these contraptions, which are the size of a small car. TfGM explains that the hangars offer "a secure solution to long-term cycle parking as well as an effective way to protect bikes from tough weather conditions, theft and vandalism".

Anyone wanting to use one of them will be charged a £25 key deposit and an annual fee of £20 per year for the first two years, going up to £40 per year thereafter.

"Bike parking at home is a crucially important factor in getting more people to ride" says Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman "If an everyday parking option is not convenient, secure and low-cost, they will simply decide it's too much hassle.

"Bike hangars are a fantastic addition to residential streets" he adds "I'm sure thousands of Greater Manchester residents would like one outside their house. I'll be following the Salford pilot with interest and I hope that the idea catches on across the city-region."

Councillor Roger Jones, Salford City Council's Executive Support for Transport also endorses the project... "The bike hangar scheme is a new way to make it possible for residents to own a bike who may not have the storage for it" he says "Feedback so far has been positive and we hope the trial is a huge success."

In the community, however, the hangars have met with mixed reactions. Today, on Gerald Road near the Cromwell roundabout, one resident just looked at the litter filled empty hangar taking up a parking space and told the Salford Star...

"It's in the middle of the road, it looks awful and I don't think a single person has used it. I can't believe this is what money is being spent on. Over £3,000 for a bit of steel is a bit shocking – it's money for old rope. I don't have a bike but this is exactly what's wrong with the country!

"There's something seriously wrong with the people making these decisions" he added "They should ask Andy Burnham to pay for it out of his wages...it's outrageous."

Meanwhile, Leona Sanders, a bike hangar member, is incredibly enthusiastic about the hangar near her apartment block...

"We live on the second floor and having to take our bikes up and down was a bit of a nightmare" she explains "So this scheme has been brilliant and has made a real difference to both of us.

"It's good value for money and straightforward to sign up" she adds "All we needed to do was fill in a survey, apply online and then after a few weeks, once the hangars had been installed, we received the keys in the post."


To sign up for the scheme or for further information – click here

*The hangars are in the following locations...

Silk Street - Irwell Riverside
Montonfields Road - Winton
Fir Street - Langworthy
Laburnum Street - Langworthy
Gerald Road - Irwell Riverside
Bolton Road - Claremont
Claremont Road - Claremont
Park Lane - Claremont
Winchester Road - Weaste and Seedley
Marie Street - Broughton
Vancouver Quay - Ordsall

Mary ferrer wrote
at 08:48:10 on 17 September 2018
The one on Park Lane is on the road next to an entry where the bins go. It can't be used as there is a skip on one side and a load of rubbish at the other end. I did enquire what consultation had been done letters were sent out.well we didn't get one,my family who live on the Height didn't get one. The trader's on the Height were not consulted? Just more street clutter
 
Eric wrote
at 14:45:24 on 14 September 2018
Reply to Salford Star: I accept that both sides were presented, but the fact that the quote "It's in the middle of the road, it looks awful and I don't think a single person has used it..." was positioned right at the prominent part of the beginning of the article - in bold, hardly makes it balanced. Try harder.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 10:00:00 on 14 September 2018
See Eric's comment below - the article was totally balanced. Indeed 75% was direct quotes from GMCA et al. Sorry for letting a resident have a say. Indeed if you go on Salford Facebook sites, you'll see the huge reaction to the scheme. We try to give the community a voice rather than cutting and pasting press releases like other media. Don't think anyone who actually reads the Salford Star would compare us to the Daily Malice!!!
 
Eric wrote
at 09:56:12 on 14 September 2018
Yet again the Salford Star come up trumps with an article that looks like it came straight from the Daily Mail. It may end with a positive comment but the tone of the rest of it and the big quotes at the start are just typical negative drivel when TfGM and Salford City Council are trying to do something positive..
 
wrote
at 21:05:39 on 13 September 2018
Waste of tax payers money surely that money can be spent better elsewhere
 
Green cyclist wrote
at 13:38:19 on 13 September 2018
Typical Labour council, putting things where they will get smashed up. We could do with one of these on the Green in Worsley. It wouldn't get damaged there. People would use it.
 
Gareth L wrote
at 17:41:58 on 12 September 2018
There bigger than most new build homes!!
 
Slurp wrote
at 17:41:45 on 12 September 2018
They'll need barbed wire, machine gun posts and minefields too. To stop the scrotes smashing them up and taking the bikes. Salford , if you haven't noticed suffers from a long term scrote infestation problem.
 
Cycling old guy wrote
at 14:56:10 on 12 September 2018
I'd love them here in Trafford. My partner hates me bringing the bike into the hall as there's nowhere else. I might even persuade her to have a bike too. That's the dream
 
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