The East Midlands has benefitted from a £10 million cash boost that has seen 29 train stations within the region gain or improve exisitng cycle facilities.
Installation of 200 Streetpods and Cyclepods has accounted for most of the spend, offering cyclists a means to lock both the front and rear wheels with one lock. Streetpods were designed by a Nottingham Trent university student and are made from 100 per cent recycled material. The eye catching design offers two separate locking points per cycle and secures eight bikes in a two meter diameter making the unit ideal where space is particularly important.
David Horne, commercial and customer service director for East Midlands Trains, said: “Not all commuters are able to cycle directly to work, but many might be able to travel part of the way by bike. We believe by providing an additional 200 highly secure cycling spaces, we will encourage more people to cut down on their reliance on cars and consider alternative methods of transport when travelling to and from our stations. We know that door-to-door journey times are a key factor for most people when deciding which mode of transport to use and there is a case to be made for how cycling, when well integrated at either end of a train trip, can help reduce overall travel times.”
The Streetpods have been installed in the following locations:
Alsager (2) Ancaster (2), Blythe Bridge (2) Boston (8) Collingham (4) Hucknall (6) Heckington (4), Kettering (4) Kidsgrove (6), Leicester (6), Lincoln (10), Long Eaton (4), Longport (2) Longton (2), Mansfield (3), Market Harborough (8), Metheringham (6), Newark Castle (10), Ruskington (2), Spalding (8), Sleaford (4), Spondon (4), Saxilby (4), Stamford (2), Sutton Parkway (10), Swinderby (2), Whatstandwell (3) Wainfleet (4)