You may have seen that Reading Borough Council has just been granted planning permission for a secure bike parking Cycle Hub to be opened in the former Primark Store on West Street.
The Cycle Hub will provide secure, enclosed town centre cycle parking for around 80 bicycles and be open seven days a week, from 7am to 7pm.
Concerned that bike theft was deterring cyclists from parking their bikes in Reading, the idea of a town centre Cycle Hub was first conceived and promoted by Ethical Reading.
Today Reading Borough Council is leading the initiative with full support from Ethical Reading, Reading Cycle Campaign, Reading Bike Kitchen, and Avanti Cycle Training.
The Cycle Hub is funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and will initially run for one year.
Continuation of the scheme will be subject to usage evaluation and the ability to secure further funding and/or sponsorship.
The space is currently being assessed to be refurbished, fitted out with bike racks and made secure. Work should be completed by early 2023.
The Cycle Hub is a pilot scheme, and as such usage will be closely monitored and users surveyed to gather ideas and recommendations.
Assuming it is well used, this could be the first of several similar secure cycle parking hubs around Reading.
Once established the Cycle Hub could also be used for a range of complementary services such as bike repair and maintenance, local cycling advice and information, cycling training and a centre for cycling related community groups and events.
We’re confident the Cycle Hub will be a great asset to Reading and hopefully the first of many.
RCC Publicity Coordinator