Cambridge has always been a city affiliated with cycling, however the growing city has been seeing a rise in car and vehicle traffic. In an attempt to alleviate the ever-growing congestion, Cambridgeshire County Council invested in five Park & Ride sites throughout the county. These sites, at Babraham, Trumpington, Madingley Road, New Market and Milton, cater to both car drivers and cyclists. However, an issue was developing with bike theft, so users were reluctant to leave their bikes.

Cycle-Works has worked with the council to resolve the issue of bike theft. After an initial trial, the proven, tested and secure Velo-Box lockers became a much-needed addition to the Park & Ride sites. A good working relationship has developed and over 200 lockers have since been installed by the company’s professional installation team. The council manage these lockers and rent them out for a key deposit and monthly rental fee.

The cycle lockers have been colour-coded to match the bus route they are based near.

Cambridge Park and Ride Coloured Buses and Cycle Lockers

The Secured By Design approved lockers are aimed at regular users and promote the integrated use of cycling and buses. This healthy and environmentally friendly way of commuting reduces car journeys, therefore helping to ease road congestion. This coincides with the Cycle-Works ethos of providing environmentally friendly products and services.

Campbell Ross-Bains, Bus Operations and Facilities manager for Cambridgeshire County Council said, “We have around 185 lockers at present with another 56 on order.  We rent them out at £10 per month and all are currently in use with a waiting list currently standing at 32. 70 of the 185 lockers are hired out directly by to two local employers who pay for them and provide them free of charge for their staff.  Another 15 of the new lockers on order will also be hired out by employers.”

Most of the lockers Cycle-Works installed for Cambridgeshire County Council are single-sided Velo-Boxes for access from one side, however, some sites could accommodate the space-saving double-sided version.

These lockers are aimed at regular users and promote the integrated use of cycling and buses. This healthy and environmentally friendly way of commuting reduces unnecessary car journeys, therefore helping to ease road congestion.

In addition, cyclists enjoy the peace of mind that their bicycles are kept dry and safe while stored. Accessories such as high viz jackets, rain gear, helmets and lights can also be stored safely.

Nationally, these popular lockers have also been installed at other Park & Ride side, including York, Aberdeen and Bristol.

To download the Cambridge Park & Ride case study click here or to download the Velo-Box product sheet click here.