‘ParkThatBike’ scheme offers free cycle stands for businesses

A new scheme has been launched in Blackpool that lets organisations apply for free cycle parking stands. 

The initiative has been introduced by Blackpool Council in conjunction with ParkThatBike, a Gloucestershire-based social enterprise. Almost any organisation that has staff, visitors or customers who arrive by bike is eligible to apply for support, including: 

  • Businesses 
  • Community groups
  • Surgeries 
  • Schools 
  • Shops 
  • Pubs and cafés
  • Churches  

Organisations can apply for up to four cycle stands free of charge. Successful applicants are then responsible for installing the stands on their premises, in a location checked and approved by ParkThatBike.  

pictures of the different bike racks available

Available bike racks include: 

  • Conventional bike racks
  • Heart-shaped stands
  • Wall-mounted rails
  • PlantLocks (a combined planter and bike rack)
  • Free-standing ‘toast-racks’

ParkThatBike schemes of the type now underway in Blackpool have been shown to increase levels of cycling and to decrease incidences of theft and tampering significantly. 

Cllr Jim Hobson, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Climate Change, said: “We are always looking to explore new opportunities to improve transport infrastructure and are delighted to have been able to collaborate with ParkThatBike. 

“We want to make cycling safer, easier and more accessible for everyone in Blackpool. I would strongly urge any organisation, large or small, to make their premises secure and welcoming for cyclists – applying for a free stand via ParkThatBike is a great way to get started.” 

ParkThatBike’s Scheme Co-ordinator, Peter Andrews, added: “It’s vital that the recent surge in cycling doesn’t lead to a spate of bike theft. Good quality cycle parking keeps workplaces safe and tidy, and reduces the likelihood of bikes being stolen or damaged. We’re looking forward to helping employers of every type across Blackpool make their premises more cycle-friendly.” 

To apply for free cycle parking, visit www.parkthatbike.info and download an application form, or call 01594 564 344.