Hospital cycle parking needs improvement
The light at the end of the tunnel is becoming brighter, as the worst days of the pandemic are hopefully behind us. It’s time now to reflect and build for the future. This includes looking at the failures of protecting our NHS heroes from bicycle theft.
@StolenRide, NHS worker here, had my Black Ribble Aero 883 disc stolen from railings outside the front of St Mary’s Hospital Medical School Building between 15:00 and 17:00 yesterday. Having CCTV pointing at railings and warning signs would be a start. As pictured but red handles pic.twitter.com/tTPIdu75G0
— Jeremy Webb 💙 (@webby_jez) November 3, 2020
We now want to reflect on one area, cycle parking at hospitals. It’s clear that a lot of NHS workers who cycle to work have been let down by poor facilities. Especially whilst their bikes have been hotter targets, with most office workers having had their bikes tucked away at home during lockdown.
Stolen Ride have not been the only ones who have been talking about cycle parking at hospitals. Calum from the London Cycling Campaign released the following, incredibly powerful video on Twitter:
Extremely upsetting situation in UCL Hospital this week – this isn’t acceptable. The health and care sector must do better with protecting their own people’s cycles. https://t.co/l7e4W99zSj
— London Cycling Campaign (@London_Cycling) February 4, 2021
We feel the video perfectly sums up some of the main issues at certain facilities:
- Poor layout and planning of the facility
- Bikes are visible to opportunistic thieves
- Storage is often accessible to everyone (no security measures at the entrance)
- Lack of monitoring – the evidence of bicycle theft is everywhere – broken locks on the floor for example
In April 2020 we placed the following #stolenNHSbikes tweet on @StolenRide to get the views of the London cycling community:
What can we & hospitals do to help protect NHS workers’ bikes from being stolen? Share your ideas/experiences. #stolenNHSbikes
— Stolen Ride™- London (@StolenRide) April 12, 2020
Here are a few of your thoughts:
Have a audit of hospital grounds to identify best places for temporary cycle parking, many will have now unused car parky spaces near entrances. Too often cycle parking is tucked away.
— roger (@roggys) April 12, 2020
Use one of the security staff that supervise the car park to supervise the bike parking.
— saga wilkinson (@portobelly) April 12, 2020
Good if @MetCycleCops, @metpoliceuk, @MPSSpecials and borough constabularies can help to tackle #stolenNHSbikes by liaising with @NHSProperty and including hospital grounds in their #COVID19 lockdown enforcement patrols. https://t.co/wIHpcC0g4B
— Croydon Cycling Campaign (@CroydonCyclists) April 12, 2020
The community also noted that not all hospitals are in the same boat, some do already have some provision of secure facilities:
Secure cycle parking. This costs a monthly fee though. pic.twitter.com/qmu1ZaPc6y
— David (@SpotMonkey) December 31, 2020
At Stolen Ride we strongly urge all hospitals/trusts to audit their cycle parking and consider secure/monitored parking. We encourage the government, councils, TfL, cycle parking suppliers and others to step in and help correct the current situation.