Portsmouth City Council is proactively responding to increasing demands for bike hangars and secure bike parking, as their popularity among residents has sparked numerous requests for additional facilities.

The council has installed 16 bike hangars in Portsmouth to provide residents with secure cycle storage outside of their homes. These were installed over two phases, one in February 2021 and another in February 2023, primarily in areas where a large amount of residents have requested them. All bike hangars are currently at capacity, prompting the council to maintain a waiting list, showcasing the clear appetite and growing demand for safe and secure cycle parking.

In response to requests from the local community, the council has also introduced new “Bike Corrals” at Marmion Road and near Southsea Beach CafĂ©. They’re open to any pedal bicycle free of charge and include rails which allow users to lock their bikes up securely. Each offers space for six bicycles and takes up less than half of a single car parking space.

Since their installation on 6 June 2022, the corrals have been well-received by residents and tourists visiting Marmion Road and Southsea seafront.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “I’m thrilled with the overwhelming positive response to our bike hangars and bike corrals. These initiatives are vital steps towards promoting cycling as a safe and viable mode of transport in Portsmouth. By making it easier for everyone to access secure cycle parking, we aim to make cycling more accessible and convenient for everyone who lives, works or visits the city, while contributing to a cleaner and healthier environment for all.”

Building on the success of these initiatives, a comprehensive report will be presented at the Transport public decision meeting on 10 August. The report will recommend making the existing bike hangars and bike corrals permanent fixtures, further enhancing cycling infrastructure in Portsmouth and encouraging sustainable and active transportation choices.

Portsmouth City Council will discuss new bicycle corrals and bike hangars at the same meeting.

More information on bike hangars can be found here: https://travel.portsmouth.gov.uk/schemes/bikehangars