Cycle Parking Stands
Studies have shown that lack of cycle parking stands at a destination can deter many people from cycling due to their fear of having their bicycle stolen (see Cycle Security). However balancing the needs of everyone in constrained urban environments in order to implement cycle parking can be very difficult.
Bedford is very fortunate that there are numerous banks of cycle parking stands throughout the town.
Bedford Town Centre
In and around the town centre area Bedford has more than 405 public cycle parking spaces of the 'Sheffield' type (40 extra spaces were installed in Autumn 2013) with most overlooked by the town's CCTV coverage.
Bedford Midland Railway Station
Bedford Midland Railway Station has 588 cycle parking spaces of the 'Sheffield' type and 346 two-tier types (installed in November 2013, July 2014 and May 2016). These together with 24 'Sheffield' spaces in the adjacent Borough car park give a total of 612 spaces for commuter bicycles. More than 80% are under cover and most of them overlooked by the station's and the Borough's CCTV systems.
Bedford St John's Railway Station
Bedford St John's Railway Station in the Borough's Melbourne Street car park adjacent to the entrance to the station has 8 cycle parking spaces of the 'Sheffield' type (installed in June 2014).
Nearly all of the local shopping parades in both Bedford and Kempston also have stands as do libraries, community and leisure centres and many doctors and dental surgeries and churches. If you believe there is a need for one or more at a location which currently does not have one please contact us so it can be added to the list for a future possible installation.
Bedford Borough's Cycle Parking Design Guidance
Bedford Borough's Parking Standards for Sustainable Communities Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by the Council’s Executive on 10th September 2014, the cycle parking design guidance section 5.0 replacing the old Bedfordshire County Council's 2006 document. The cycling section of the new SPD can be accessed from the Borough's website here.