Mayor opens cycle park

Darlington and Stockton Times: Councillor Gerald Lee Councillor Gerald Lee

THE MAYOR of Darlington opened a cycle parking facility this morning (June 18).

The official opening – presided over by Councillor Gerald Lee – coincided with Bike to Work Week and saw commuting cyclists offered breakfast at Darlington Town Hall.

The purpose-built cycle parking site stands in front of the town hall and has capacity for 40 bikes.

David Lyonette, Darlington Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The new cycle parking facility will make it easier for people in Darlington to enjoy the benefits of cycling into town instead of using their car and this is not only great for the environment but also great for your health.”

The weatherproof structure can be accessed 24 hours a day and is free to anyone who registers for a keycard.

To register, take proof of identification and proof of address to the Customer Contact Centre at Darlington Town Hall.

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3:00pm Wed 18 Jun 14

DarloXman says...

I wonder how much this cost? I also wonder how well it will be used? I suggest it will prove to be another one of the councils white elephants - catering to the few whilst ignoring the majority!

There has been a lot of money spent and planned around the Town Hall - looking after themselves again I see!

At the moment with all the ongoing roadworks and the chaos around the town centre I would not consider it safe to cycle in the area.
I wonder how much this cost? I also wonder how well it will be used? I suggest it will prove to be another one of the councils white elephants - catering to the few whilst ignoring the majority! There has been a lot of money spent and planned around the Town Hall - looking after themselves again I see! At the moment with all the ongoing roadworks and the chaos around the town centre I would not consider it safe to cycle in the area. DarloXman
  • Score: 4

4:49pm Wed 18 Jun 14

miketually says...

The bike racks in the town centre are often full, so additional capacity will be welcomed. For anyone working in the town centre, a more secure parking area will be great.

Does anyone know if it's the same pass card used for the train station bike parking area, or a different one?
The bike racks in the town centre are often full, so additional capacity will be welcomed. For anyone working in the town centre, a more secure parking area will be great. Does anyone know if it's the same pass card used for the train station bike parking area, or a different one? miketually
  • Score: -3

5:10pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

Bike racks were removed in front of Tapas Bar and placed in front of the Job Centre where no one in their right mind would leave a bike.. There are more central places this facility could have been placed for people using the Town Centre. If you live in North Road are you really going to park outside the Town Hall and walk back into the Town Centre.

However it is handy if you happen to work in the Town Hall.
Bike racks were removed in front of Tapas Bar and placed in front of the Job Centre where no one in their right mind would leave a bike.. There are more central places this facility could have been placed for people using the Town Centre. If you live in North Road are you really going to park outside the Town Hall and walk back into the Town Centre. However it is handy if you happen to work in the Town Hall. Homshaw1
  • Score: 3

8:28am Thu 19 Jun 14

miketually says...

"If you live in North Road are you really going to park outside the Town Hall and walk back into the Town Centre."

If I was leaving it for 9 hours while at work for the day, yes.
"If you live in North Road are you really going to park outside the Town Hall and walk back into the Town Centre." If I was leaving it for 9 hours while at work for the day, yes. miketually
  • Score: -6

11:17am Thu 19 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

miketually wrote:
"If you live in North Road are you really going to park outside the Town Hall and walk back into the Town Centre."

If I was leaving it for 9 hours while at work for the day, yes.
So why not put it in a car park in the Town Centre so it is convenient for everyone because at the moment it seems more like a thinly disguised perk for council staff a bit like the bus improvements seem like the use of ring fenced money to improve the Town Hall

I bring my bike into work every day it would have been handy in a car park. I can be nearly home by the time I get to the Town Hall and mess about getting it out of a lockup
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: "If you live in North Road are you really going to park outside the Town Hall and walk back into the Town Centre." If I was leaving it for 9 hours while at work for the day, yes.[/p][/quote]So why not put it in a car park in the Town Centre so it is convenient for everyone because at the moment it seems more like a thinly disguised perk for council staff a bit like the bus improvements seem like the use of ring fenced money to improve the Town Hall I bring my bike into work every day it would have been handy in a car park. I can be nearly home by the time I get to the Town Hall and mess about getting it out of a lockup Homshaw1
  • Score: 4

12:13pm Thu 19 Jun 14

miketually says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
miketually wrote:
"If you live in North Road are you really going to park outside the Town Hall and walk back into the Town Centre."

If I was leaving it for 9 hours while at work for the day, yes.
So why not put it in a car park in the Town Centre so it is convenient for everyone because at the moment it seems more like a thinly disguised perk for council staff a bit like the bus improvements seem like the use of ring fenced money to improve the Town Hall

I bring my bike into work every day it would have been handy in a car park. I can be nearly home by the time I get to the Town Hall and mess about getting it out of a lockup
Abbot's Yard would probably have been the most central location, right behind Barclays bank, but imagine the complaints if 3 or 4 car parking spaces were replaced with 40 bike parking places.

This is at least convenient for the Town Hall, plus the new DFE offices and the cinema development. Ideally, every car park would have 5% of the spaces replaced with the equivalent number of secure bike spaces.
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: "If you live in North Road are you really going to park outside the Town Hall and walk back into the Town Centre." If I was leaving it for 9 hours while at work for the day, yes.[/p][/quote]So why not put it in a car park in the Town Centre so it is convenient for everyone because at the moment it seems more like a thinly disguised perk for council staff a bit like the bus improvements seem like the use of ring fenced money to improve the Town Hall I bring my bike into work every day it would have been handy in a car park. I can be nearly home by the time I get to the Town Hall and mess about getting it out of a lockup[/p][/quote]Abbot's Yard would probably have been the most central location, right behind Barclays bank, but imagine the complaints if 3 or 4 car parking spaces were replaced with 40 bike parking places. This is at least convenient for the Town Hall, plus the new DFE offices and the cinema development. Ideally, every car park would have 5% of the spaces replaced with the equivalent number of secure bike spaces. miketually
  • Score: -4

1:59pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

Darlington spends a fortune on cycle paths but it does a desperately poor job. I see yet another cyclist has had a serious accident. He is not the first and won't be the last. Good cycling facilities will relieve congestion and allow people to exercise and get out and about more.

I don't think we need to take 5% of parking spaces away to cater for bikes.

This facility isn't designed for the general public. It's predominately a state of the art facility designed for council and DEF employees. So much for the council being hard up.
Darlington spends a fortune on cycle paths but it does a desperately poor job. I see yet another cyclist has had a serious accident. He is not the first and won't be the last. Good cycling facilities will relieve congestion and allow people to exercise and get out and about more. I don't think we need to take 5% of parking spaces away to cater for bikes. This facility isn't designed for the general public. It's predominately a state of the art facility designed for council and DEF employees. So much for the council being hard up. Homshaw1
  • Score: 4

2:05pm Thu 19 Jun 14

miketually says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
Darlington spends a fortune on cycle paths but it does a desperately poor job. I see yet another cyclist has had a serious accident. He is not the first and won't be the last. Good cycling facilities will relieve congestion and allow people to exercise and get out and about more.

I don't think we need to take 5% of parking spaces away to cater for bikes.

This facility isn't designed for the general public. It's predominately a state of the art facility designed for council and DEF employees. So much for the council being hard up.
I agree that decent spending on infrastructure is what's really needed; I'm still waiting for the bridge over the railway by Darlington College...

The number of bike parking spaces available in/around the town centre needs to be the same percentage that we're aiming at for modal share. We're currently at 2% share, so should have the same number of bike spaces as 2% of car spaces. If we want 4% share, we need 4% of spaces...
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: Darlington spends a fortune on cycle paths but it does a desperately poor job. I see yet another cyclist has had a serious accident. He is not the first and won't be the last. Good cycling facilities will relieve congestion and allow people to exercise and get out and about more. I don't think we need to take 5% of parking spaces away to cater for bikes. This facility isn't designed for the general public. It's predominately a state of the art facility designed for council and DEF employees. So much for the council being hard up.[/p][/quote]I agree that decent spending on infrastructure is what's really needed; I'm still waiting for the bridge over the railway by Darlington College... The number of bike parking spaces available in/around the town centre needs to be the same percentage that we're aiming at for modal share. We're currently at 2% share, so should have the same number of bike spaces as 2% of car spaces. If we want 4% share, we need 4% of spaces... miketually
  • Score: -2

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