Eleanor Blair (lnr) wrote,
Eleanor Blair
lnr

A letter of appreciation and encouragement

The local council has recently installed a rather fab temporary bike rack outside a busy city pub, as part of the Bike Week celebrations:

temporary bike rack

As you can see it turns one parking space for a car into secure parking for around 10 bikes. They're planning to replace it with permanent normal racks later, and say they're intending to provide an alternative parking space somewhere where there are currently double yellow lines. They invite comments to transport.delivery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk, so I decide to write and encourage them:

Dear Transport Delivery Office,

As someone who has lived in Cambridge for many years, and still works
in the city, I am writing to congratulate you on the temporary cycle
parking outside the Kingston Arms which has been installed for bike
week.  I'm delighted to hear that this will be replaced with a
permanent installation at a later date.

The pavements in this area are often fully or partially blocked by
parked bicycles, and this should help relieve the pressure
considerably, making the area much nicer for both cyclists and
pedestrians, with very little inconvenience to motorists or residents.

I'd just like to note that I don't think an alternative parking space
should be necessary in this case, especially as it's not clear where
it would be suitable.

May I also encourage you to extend this scheme to other streets, and
to consider installations outside busy shops as well as other pubs.

Yours faithfully,

Eleanor Blair
Tags: bike, cambridge
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