Bike Hangar

This Beta Project will look at whether we can better support people in storing their bicycles outside their homes.

bicycles on pavement 2

If commenting on social media please add #BikeHangarBeta to help us follow what people think of the idea, and all feedback and suggestions!

Beta Project Stage A – Awareness (of issue / opportunity)

  • We (Dublin City Council) have strongly committed to prioritising increasing cycling in Dublin in the current 2011-2017 Dublin City Development Plan.

    “…place a [strong] emphasis on sustainable forms of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport, particularly for short trips and journeys to work and school.”

  • People are finding ways of storing their bicycles…but very often in less-than-ideal ways. These likely are discouraging cycling and may be seen by some as a signal that Dublin City doesn’t regard cycling as a high-priority form of transport.
  • Multiple-bicycle households – whether multiple adults, different bicycle types (commuting and sports for example), or families with children – are probably not an option for many people due to storage issues. Ie people are possibly having to currently choose between bicycle transport and other items – such as having space in their entrance hall.
  • Larger bicycle types – such as cargo bikes – are probably not an option for many people due to storage issues.
  • Is there an unfairness in the current system – whereby residents can pay to park one type of private transport on public property near their home, but not another type of private transport? (And if so, is it only a factor in this case as the transport in question is one which we’re actively trying to encourage as opposed to discourage?)
  • Is there a wider implication in terms of encouraging walking in Dublin City by looking to remove unnecessary obstructions that get in the way of walking being a simple, enjoyable experience?
  • Are there also wider implications of encouraging people to live nearer/in the city-centre, precisely where there’s higher number of apartments and also smaller houses and gardens/yards. Helping people to free up their small back gardens/yards for liveability items such as children playing, gardening, having barbecues, etc is a hugely important step towards that aim.

As a form of inspiration it could be useful to think about bicycle-parking in a similar way to the Daintree Building. Bicycle-parking is placed on ground level and in the centre of the courtyard (it’s behind those plants to the right) and so it’s highly convenient and it becomes a doddle to simply grab your bike on your way out of your apartment. It feels central to the ethos and local atmosphere and is treated with huge respect and even a sense of fun (the back wall of the bicycle-parking was decorated by an artist with waste materials).

Daintree Courtyard 2Daintree CourtyardDaintree bike shelter

Beta Project Stage B – Baseline (situation today)

If you look around Dublin’s residential streets you’ll see lots of bicycles…

  • Outside apartments, and houses split into several flats.

bicycles at rented housebicycles for apartmentsbicycle outside apartments

  • Getting in the way of easily moving down the path (below also with household waste).

bicycles and rubbish on path 2

  • People having to carry their bicycles up and down steps.

leaving house with bicyclebicycle up house stepsbicycle down steps

  •  In front gardens.

bicycles in gardenbicycles in gardens bicycle outside house 2

  • Stored in back yards – which both takes up valuable space in tiny back yards and can cause nuisance issues such as leaving mud trails.

bicycles in back yardsbicycle tracks on floor

  • Locked in unsuitable ways.

bicycle locked to boot scraper 3bicycle locked to tree

  •  At risk of damage or theft.

bicycles getting damagedbicycle with front wheel removed

  • Stored in the hallways of houses, apartments, and communal hallways to apartments.

bicycles in hallways

  • Stored in garden sheds (where they’re safer but awkward to get to, and once awkward, less likely to be used as a form of transport).

bicycles in sheds 2 bicycles in sheds

 

We collaborated with City Intersections also and the idea of providing bike hangars emerged as one of the top 3 items for the people that attended. (See the pic below.)

city intersections

Beta Project Stage C – Creative (solutions)

We’re going to explore the policy of allowing residents park bicycles better onstreet, and we’ll be placing one bike hangar on a street in Dublin.

Note:

  • As a citywide issue/opportunity and is looking at policy/procedures/product (policy in this case) we’ll explore it as a Beta Project macro.
    BETA_macro
  • Whilst bicycle-parking is a wider city issue and we could also discuss people parking their bicycle when out-and-about, or businesses looking for parking for employees on bicycles, we’re going to limit this discussion to residents on residential streets only.

There are various forms of bike hangars (click on the below images for more info on each one or their supplier), so we’re not too worried about that aspect – we want to focus on discussion around the policy and if/how it should be done.

bikehangarBikeLocker_ieCargo Bike Hangarfietshangar-2

Beta Project Stage D – Decide (on which solutions to prioritize)

We’re looking for a household somewhere nearish to Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices to trial a bike hangar for a few months.

Just send us an email to betaprojects@dublincity.ie (don’t comment below with your personal info!!) with this info if you’re interested…

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • How many people are in your household (eg 2 adults, 1 child)
  • How many bikes and types of bike you have (eg 1 cargo bike, 3 ‘normal’ bikes)

We’ll make a decision before the end of August, and it’ll simply be based on what we reckon is the best mix of usefulness for the trial…so don’t worry, there won’t be hoops to jump through. Naturally though, we’ll look for feedback and suggestions from you and your neighbours before, during, and after the trial.

Beta Project Stage E – Effect, Evolve, Evaluate (the trial)

We’ve ordered one of the below bike hangars from CycleHoop.

They can be used singly…Bikehangar21

…in doubles…and linked in with street trees…bikehangar - double

…can be placed at right angles to the road…bikehangar - sideways

However it’s important to note that this Beta Project is about whether we should use onstreet hangars/lockers as a city at all…and if so in general how to do it. If we decide the answer to that is “yes”, then later we can look at the best type of lockers/hangars to use…and chances are there may be different solutions for different locations/situations.

The trial

The initial trial will be 1 hangar, 1 household, 3 months.

Let’s discuss…

  1. Should residents be allowed to get a permit to store their bicycle as well as their car on the public street? If so, why? If not, why not?
  2. Cars move and so only sometimes take up space on a street, and equally sometimes you may be able to park outside your house, sometimes not. Bike hangars are fixed always taking up street space. and they’ll also have a fixed location. A highly-used car might be off-street for say 12 hours a day, with most household cars nearer the city centre being used much less frequently. So a car is probably parked on the residential street something like 50-95% of the time. With that assumption and factoring in that the above bike hangar only occupies about 50% of a car space, it’s likely that a bike hangar actually occupies the SAME or LESS street space than an average car. For simplicity of this trial, we’re going to consider it ‘using up’ the same amount of public street as a car.
  3. That a hangar will be considered in the same manner as a car…ie that a hangar is simply associated with an address, whether for 1 bicycle or 6. (That 1 bicycle might be a ‘standard’ bike or it might be a cargo bike occupying almost the entire hangar.) This is simple for the user and also for the Council (it fits very well with our current ‘resident parking permit‘ format). However let’s also discuss the method that other cities use – for example in London, you can simply rent one bike space in the hangar – so there can be up to 6 keyholders for a single hangar.
  4. Going with our very simple model, we’d look at €50 per annum/€80 per 2 years for the permit (to use the public street space). Ie the same as the current ‘resident parking permit‘ format.
  5. That the resident will ‘rent’ the hangar itself. Our one hangar costs just under €5000 and has a 10-year warranty. So based on these figures, the rental would be about €500 per annum. However bulk-purchases and delivery of hangars would reduce this, or there may also be ways of subsiding it.
  6. That would give mean a cost of approx €500 per annum to store up to 6 bicycles.
  7. However, who should pay to insure and maintain the hangars?
  8. That hangars are for storing bicycles only. (We’re thinking of moped, motorbikes, household waste, surfboards, Christmas trees, etc.) What if people park non-bicycles in it? Does it matter? Why/why not?
  9. There may be health & safety items to consider like proximity to corners, the direction in which they open and how easy it is for people to put their bikes in.
  10. There may be location items to look at – such as ensuring that hangars aren’t located where they leave a (useless to everyone) half-car-space remaining.
  11. Will there be aesthetics items to look at? For example, people might not like the appearance of hangars on their street, or perhaps they’ll gather litter.
  12. Will they affect city services such as access to services or leaves gathering in autumn and blocking drains?

Note:

A few SIDENOTES here purely to try to ensure excellent discussion of the topic…

  • In your comments please try to uses phrases such as “people on bicycles” rather than “cyclists”. The latter tends to imply that the don’t do anything but cycle, the former reminds you that they’re a person. It also helps convey that a minute before getting on that bicycle they were probably a “pedestrian” and later that evening they may just as likely might be a “driver”.
  • Also just for clarity to pre-empt “cyclists don’t pay road tax” arguments which can sometimes accompany bicycle+roadway discussions: Public roads are paid for from central taxes. There’s no such thing as “road tax”, there indeed are “emissions taxes” – ie it’s a polluter-pays tax. That’s why electric cars pay less for example, and it’s also why electric cars are equally entitled to use a road as much as another car which just happens to pay a higher emissions tax. As bicycles don’t emit any global warming gases, they don’t pay any emissions tax. Knowing that, this is irrelevant but still worth saying – the majority of people on bicycles (in Ireland) also own a car, drive, and pay for the emissions tax on their car. Finally, most studies show that when people drive they’re a net-burden on the economy, when they cycle they’re a net-gain on the economy (whilst also noting that people have tons of good reasons for needing to drive in Ireland). You might like to read IPayRoadTax.com – it’s UK-orientated, but in most of the relevant ways is just as valid reading in Ireland.

Beta Project Stage F – Formalise (the outcomes and policy)

This stage has not been reached yet, and we’ll update it once we do.

You can follow all Beta Projects as they progress here.

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26 Responses to Bike Hangar

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  3. This feedback was posted to Twitter…

  4. Cycling in Dublin wrote up an article about this Beta Project here…

  5. People have added some comments and questions over here…

  6. Herald.ie Article 12/08/14
    “Bike hangar to be tested 
in city centre” by Joyce Fegan.
    http://www.herald.ie/news/bike-hangar-to-be-tested-in-city-centre-30499937.html

  7. Linda O'Nolan says:

    I really enjoyed this essay – which makes a well reasoned and good case for integrated on street bicycle parking. I live in an estate and would be delighted to try a bike hangar for our household; )

  8. Richard says:

    I think this is a really important project. Bike storage is a major problem in the city, and even in modern developments the provision for safe bike storage is still very poor. In my block of 60 apartments, which is no more than 10 years old, there is a small bike cage (with no lock on the door – great security eh?) that can only accommodate about 12 bikes, whereas there are at least 30 bikes in regular use by residents (including a cargo bike), so they end up being locked up elsewhere.

    We should probably also look at local planning regulations, to make sure that people are allowed to erect bike lockers in their front gardens. After all, we allow people to pave over their entire lawn and park cars on them – so why not allow them to provide safe bike storage (and maybe somewhere to hide away the wheelie bins)?

    The public bike hangars seem like a great idea, but I am reminded of the controversy that greeted Edinburgh council when they introduced on-street communal wheelie bins for residential waste to the city centre streets. Residents complained like mad about the loss of car parking spaces and said the structures were too ugly. So I’ll be interested to hear what reaction you might get from people who never cycle.

  9. Here’s extracts of the email comments that we’ve received over the past two days…

    “We could certainly do with some storage on [street] as there is no option but to leave the bikes on the street (with several locks on them) or carry them up the steps into the house. I’m sure many people have the same problems so it will be great to see what the feedback is from this beta project.”

    “I have 4 bikes [details the bikes and why]. I keep most of my bikes in my sister’s house in [neighbourhood] because my landlord (understandably) doesn’t like bikes in the house. In fairness he does let me keep one of them in a small shed in the back, but it’s awkward carrying it through the house.”

    “We both cycle commute daily and currently store our bikes along with a double buggy in our hall (due to a couple of attempted thefts a number of years back).”

    “All our bikes are currently in our very small courtyard and have to be brought through the house each day. We’ve been trying to come up with a solution for months.”

    “We live at [address], and about to move to [address]. There isn’t anywhere to store or lock a bike there.”

    “The houses on [street] are small terraced cottages, with no rear or side access and pretty limited space inside for storing bikes. “

  10. Rothar linked to this Beta on their Facebook page, and the comments can be seen here…

  11. The Dublin Cycling Campaign also linked to this on their Facebook page. You can read all comments here…

  12. A says:

    It would be excellent to see bike hangars available in Dublin. Myself and my partner previously lived in a flat that lacked a safe place to lock a bike. We suffered a 40 minute bus journey every morning when we could have covered the same distance in 10 minutes by bike. We paid for on-street parking for a car that was used once weekly for the weekly food shopping and the odd drive to visit family. We have since moved to a small cottage with a tiny storage area to the rear of the house. Everyday we drag our bikes through the house, while the car still sits outside. If the facilities were provided, I would gladly pay to rent a hangar.

  13. Helen Minnes says:

    I recognize myself in the picture of the girl lifting the bike down the stairs. I live in an old house that is divided into apartments. Three houses share the same back yard and the back yard has many bicycles stored. Even though only the three houses have access to the yard, a bike got stolen out of there once. A hangar in front would be ideal and would save me lifting the bike through the house every single day.

  14. Maria says:

    In general i think these are a fantastic idea. I do think that one thing that would have to be considered is their ability to be moved. When I was in college Full bike racks along with a number of bikes were stolen on occasion onto the back of a truck at night time if they weren’t fully fixed to the ground. Obviously this was alot of effort and not the easiest of tasks so well planned. As long as any hangers were made semi-permanent and fixed to the ground by concreting them in then I think that they are a fantastic idea.
    I live in an apartment block and we have our bikes just parked around the block chained to lanp posts etc as the racks are full, I would gladly pay a small sum to be able to lock my bike up in a safer manner, and somewhat sheltered.

  15. Mick says:

    Excellent idea. I’ve had my bike stolen in Dublin 4 times in 2 years, no matter the heavy locks used. Seriously its heart breaking plus I’ve even thought of just not buying another one anymore. I have friends in London and lived in Germany where they have similar and they work really well. I’d be willing to contribute for usage especially in the Dublin 8/portobello area.

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  20. Megan willows-munro says:

    This is a great project. On street bike storage is fundemental if cycling is to become a norm in Ireland in every household. My partner has recently moved to Beltane…a new commuter suburb of Dublin. I have noticed that there is no on street bike storage in this new development! Not even basic bike racks! I find it so strange that in new developments basic bike storage facilities are not provided to allow people to cycle. Would there be scope to get hangars in housing areas outside Dublin city? How do local communities apply?

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