A new online tool lets anyone in Portsmouth request new, secure bike parking locations.

People can use the new online form to nominate a road or area for bike parking, as well as the type of parking that they would like to see. This could include more bike hangars, bicycle corrals and even new Beryl Bike docks. Portsmouth City Council have created the tool to give people who cycle a range of choices and options to keep their bikes secure, whether out and about or close to home.

The feedback collected from the web tool will help the council identify hotspots where cycle parking is in high demand, so that secure bike storage will be placed in areas where it’s most needed.

People can nominate an area for a choice of parking rack types. This can include bike corrals, which can hold up to six cycles and are ideal for shopping and leisure areas, and bike hangars, which are covered, lockable pods for up to six bikes, typically used in residential roads. These multiple racks enable many people to cycle and take up less than one car parking space on the road. There’s also the opportunity to replace older or broken stands with newer models.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Transport, said “This is a great way for residents and businesses to tell us where they want to see more bike parking, as well as the types of bicycle storage they want to see. We’re delighted to be able to expand the options for bike parking across the city to make it easier for people to travel by bike, whether for commuting, travelling to school, college or university, or for shopping, fun and leisure.”

“We’ve recently installed bike corrals in Marmion Road and on the seafront and they’re really popular, not only with the people that use them, but with nearby businesses. This new tool will give people a greater choice about the type of parking they want to see and will help us identify hotspots where more parking is needed.”

Travelling by bike is a healthier and more sustainable way to get around than by car that can boost your mood and help you stay fitter. It also helps reduce traffic congestion and helps to make our air cleaner, and our city safer and greener.

Find out more and nominate an area for bike parking. People who don’t have access to the internet can request bicycle parking by calling 023 9284 1032 or by writing to  Safer Travel Team, Portsmouth City Council, Floor 4, Civic Offices, Portsmouth PO1 2AL.

To learn more about cycle security visit portsmouth.gov.uk/cyclesecurity