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Between tables and bikes, little room left on wide footway

Reported in the Pavements/footpaths category by Trevor Parsons at 13:46, Wed 13 February 2019

Sent to Hackney Council 4 minutes later

When café tables and chairs are out on the eastern footway of Hoxton Street opposite its junction with Crondall Street, there is little space left for walking between them and parked bicycles.

The problem is that the three "nappy pin"-style parking stands are installed in such a way as to encourage people to park their bikes perpendicular to the kerb, which greatly reduces the walking space available.

These stands, installed around 2003, are in any case of a type which is not recommended by cycling organisations and would not be used these days by the borough. This is chiefly because they do not provide sufficient support. It is common to see a bicycle that has fallen over when locked to this type of stand.

The nappy-pin stands should be replaced with standard issue Sheffield-type stands installed parallel to the kerb (450mm in from the kerb) at suitable intervals in a serial layout. This would then allow plenty of walking space between parked bicycles and the café's tables.

If this suggestion is agreed, I would be happy to meet the council's surveyor on site to advise on how best to lay out the new stands. I can offer the benefit of years of experience in installation of cycle parking.

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