Using funding from TfL, Lambeth has rolled out 215 hangars in the borough providing over 1290 secure cycle parking spots.
The 100th hangar in Saltoun Road was painted in celebration and it was noticed that it was not targeted by vandals for graffiti. The council has since decided to pilot a vinyl wrap that would deter people from tagging the hangars, and also give a canvas for local designers.
The ‘Connect Brixton’ design
Two particularly hard hit Bikehangars have been chosen on Railton Road to feature the iconic ‘Connect Brixton’ pattern, designed by local design duo Eley Kishimoto. This bespoke pattern represents the multicultural spirit of Brixton.
Cyclehoop MD Anthony Lau introduced the new design to local ward councillor Jim Dickson, Lambeth’s Cabinet member for Environment & Housing Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Suzy Harrison Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator of Lambeth Council and nearby residents.
Eley Kishimito are a British fashion design duo who formed in 1992. Their work is mainly within womenswear fashion and accessories; however, their patterns have branched into public spaces. In 2016, they created a floor installation in front of Brixton Underground in collaboration with TFL as part of Brixton Design Week.
The success of the scheme over the years has resulted in a total of 215 Bikehangars installed across the borough providing 1290 secure cycle parking spaces. This number reinforces the councils’ commitment to becoming one of the most cycle friendly boroughs in London.
Word from the Cabinet
Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet member for Environment & Housing said: “Lambeth Bikehangars have become an essential addition to the cycle infrastructure in the borough providing a brilliant storage solution. All the current bikehangars are being used to capacity which demonstrates just how popular they are with residents.
“Unfortunately, due to their on-street positioning they can sometimes be a target of graffiti. But, collaborating with Eley Kishimoto to wrap the bikehangar on Railton Road with the Brixton design will help to deter this and keep the bikehangars looking great.”
‘Lively, upbeat feel to the street’
Henry Pim, a local resident said: “I was delighted when the Bikehangar was installed five years ago. I had one bike stolen when chained to a post outside our house, so had to keep the bike in our narrow hallway, which was really awkward and probably dangerous. I am happy to report that since the Bikehangar arrived that my bike has not been stolen or damaged and my visitors have sustained no more upper thigh injuries from hallway collisions with my handlebars!
“I am a sculptor and think that the geometric pattern introduces a lively upbeat feel to the street. It also flows well over the corrugated surface.I think it looks as though somebody cares for the way the street looks and hopefully this will deter vandalism.”
Visit the council website for more information and to express an interest for a bike hangar on your street.