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Government unveils plans to 'put cycling at the heart of transport policy'.

UK cyclists to get 10,000 extra parking spaces at stations

Hundreds of train stations are to be fitted with secure parking spaces for bicycles as part of a £14 million transport initiative.

The 10,000 new spaces will be monitored by CCTV and will be accessible using a swipe card system.

Furthermore, so-called ‘cycle hubs’ – reported first here on BikeBiz.com earlier in the year – will be created at ten main stations – Waterloo, Victoria, St Pancras, Leeds, Sheffield, York, Hull, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Liverpool Lime Street – offering repairs, bike hire and other services.

It’s all part of a move to get people to drop their cars in favour of pedal power – the Department for Transport wants 2.5 million more people cycling regularly.

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis was converted to the bike-parking-at-stations cause during a visit to Leiden in the Netherlands, a few months ago.

Watch this video for an earlier Parliamentary fact-finding study tour of the bike-rail facilities in the Netherlands.

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