Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) are proud to announce the opening of a new secure cycle park in Norwich city centre.
The secure cycle park will be launched on Thursday 11 October and will be formally unveiled by Martin Schmierer, Lord Mayor of Norwich and Lord Mayors Consort.
Managed and installed by Sekura-Byk Ltd the initiative between Norwich BID, Norwich City Council and Norfolk Police sees the new cycle park located just off Coburg Street, adjacent to the entrance of intu Chapelfield.
Accessible 24 hours a day, with housing for up to 32 bikes the cycle parking costs as little as £1 per use per 24 hours, and offers visitors and city centre workers a safe and secure place to lock their bikes away undercover from potential thieves. There’s no need for cyclists to bring their own locks as the cycle park is accessed via registered account holders mobile, nfc or fob and bicycles are locked within a smart locking system.
Stefan Gurney, Executive Director, Norwich BID said, “Cycling is hugely popular in Norwich and this new facility will give peace of mind to cyclists that their bikes will be safe from thieves whilst in the city centre. The park embraces innovative technology to gain access and to secure cycles without the need for cyclists to carry their own locks.”
Cllr Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for transport, says: “This is a great addition to cycle parking options in the heart of the city. It’s important that we invest in new facilities such as these, as well as the pedalways network itself, to support the ever-growing number of people who choose to travel around Norwich by bike. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with Norwich BID, Intu Chapelfield and the police to make the project happen.”
Chief Inspector Lynne Cross said: “Whilst bicycle thefts continue to fall in Norwich there have still been 358 in the last year and with the average value of a bike is £350 it means thousands of pounds’ worth of bicycles are being stolen in the city every year. This new cycle park area will mean cyclists can travel into the city safe in the knowledge their property will be secure. However, I would urge all cyclists, especially those that may be unable to use this new service, to sign up to Bike Register, a free online database which records your ownership of your bicycle. If you are then unfortunate enough to have your bike stolen, you can flag this up on Bike Register, increasing your chances of it being returned to you if it is recovered.”
Shireen Naghshineh, Sekura-Byk Ltd said, “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to open our fourth automated cycle park and the first with new technology in our home city of Norwich where we bring over 20 years of locally based cycle parking experience. Our parking system has an impeccable track record for security and reliability and is offered to regular and occasional cyclists alike at a modest, affordable price. We look forward to being of service to those Norwich cyclists using this exciting and innovative, secure parking facility and we would be delighted to meet you at the launch to explain the benefits and operation of the cycle park”.
The scheme is jointly funded by Norwich BID, Norfolk Police, Sekura-Byk Ltd and Norwich City Council’s DfT Cycle City Ambition Grant funding through Transport for Norwich.
Cyclists can register at www.norwichcycleparking.co.uk
General Bicycle Security Advice
- Fit a heavy-duty D-lock to ‘proper lock’ your bike – some bicycle locks can be easy for thieves to access.
- Secure your bike to an immovable object for added security.
- Make a record of your bike model, make and frame number.
- Take a picture of your bicycle to help identify it in the event it is stolen.
- Keep your bike out of public view.
- Make sure bicycles are locked even when you are storing them at home and ensure sheds and garages are secure at all times.
- Visit bikeregister.com to register your bike for free.