Hackney,
21
September
2016
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16:53
Europe/London

Street artist paints Hackney’s 150th bike hangar

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Hackney’s 150th bike hangar is in place, and ready for keeping residents’ bicycles safe and dry.

Hackney-based street artist Tony J Driver was commissioned to paint the bike hangar which was first unveiled earlier this year at the Hackney Cycle Conference 2016. It now has a permanent home on Gore Road, near Victoria Park.

The hangar is only the second bespoke painted unit in London, and Hackney Council is planning many more. Painted hangars will be commissioned to mark milestones in the delivery of Hackney’s bike hangars and to raise the profile of local artists.

Hackney has the highest level of cycle commuting in London. Currently at least half of all trips undertaken in Hackney are by foot and bike and demand for bike storage continues to grow. The Council receives thousands of requests to provide bike hangars, and there are plans to deliver a further 25 units within this financial year.

Making Hackney a cycling friendly borough is among the Council’s top priorities. As more people cycle the borough becomes cleaner, greener and healthier.

The bike hangars are part of Hackney Council’s commitment to encouraging cycling as part of its drive towards sustainable transport. Other sustainable transport initiatives include free cycle training schemes for adults and children, and a cycle loan scheme.

To mark World Car Free Day, cyclists are invited to drop into a Cycle Pit Stop on Thursday 22 September in London Fields from 16:30 – 19:00. Stop-off at our stand near Martello Street for a free cycle safety check. Get your bike ready to carry on riding this winter with expert advice and minor repairs.

For further information contact Hackney Council’s Cycle Parking Project Manager on 0208 356 8433 or email movegreener@hackney.gov.uk.