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Celebrations for opening of new Cycle Hub

A new Cycle Hub has opened at Leyton station, which is accessible on two levels providing safe and secure parking for 156 bikes.


The new Hub, provided by Waltham Forest Council, is the sixth and largest in the borough, and has CCTV and key fob entry to provide security for users. The Hub also has enhanced lighting, help points and cycle pumps inside.


Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have now opened our sixth Cycle Hub in the borough, and the first in London to be accessible to two levels. The Hubs are ideal for local people who want to cycle as part of their daily commute, or who just want to park their bike securely without having to worry about it getting stolen or damaged. We apologise to Leyton residents who have had to wait a little bit longer for this Hub to open, but we did encounter some issues due to the site’s proximity to the A12.


“This is just one of the many ways we are making it easier for our residents to get around the borough by bike or on foot, which is of course far better for your health and the local environment.”


Sam Monck, Head of Borough Projects and Programmes in Surface Transport at TfL, said: “The latest cycle hub at Leyton is a very welcome addition to the borough, offering secure cycle parking for over 150 bicycles on two tiers. Funded via the Mini Holland programme, these facilities will enable people to commute in the knowledge that their bike is safely looked after and is all part of the Mayor’s ambition to create a healthy London by encouraging more trips by walking, cycling and public transport.”


There are already five Cycle Hubs outside stations in Waltham Forest, with two at Walthamstow Central and others at Leytonstone, Wood Street and Lea Bridge.


It costs just £25 a year to access the Hub, and everyone who signs up receives a key fob which they can use for secure entry. The annual fee is used to maintain the Hubs and help ensure the reliability of cycle parking facilities throughout the borough.


For more information and to sign up visit www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk/cycle-sheds.


Waltham Forest Council has launched a number of initiatives to make it easier and more convenient to use more sustainable modes of transport. The Council has now installed over 100 bikehangars in residential streets across the borough, allowing residents to park their bikes safely and secure outside their homes. The Council also offers a number of training opportunities for residents who want to become more confident cyclists.


Cyclists are also being encouraged to sign up for this year’s Le Tour de Waltham Forest, the annual cycling event where residents can discover the borough on two wheels. Taking place on Saturday 24 June, Le Tour offers four different routes so everyone can get involved regardless of age and ability. For more information see www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk/tdwf.

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