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Get free bike racks for your business or organisation

Bike racks can help your staff to cycle to work as they know their bike will be secure.

Park That Bike is a scheme that will send you bike racks free of charge. Applications are open today.

You will need to get the racks installed and pay for any of these costs. Park That Bike can help you to choose the best spot to install your bike rack.

Bike racks need to be installed on private land.

There are different kinds of bike racks available:

  • conventional bike racks
  • heart-shaped stands
  • wall-mounted rails
  • PlantLocks - a combined planter and bike rack
  • free-standing 'toast-racks'

You can apply for a free bike rack online.

If your application is successful, you will have 10 weeks to install your bike rack.

Case studies from organisations that have installed free bike racks

Over 260 organisations in the West Midlands have taken part in the scheme, including schools, museums, parks and community groups.

Cherry Reds used the Park That Bike scheme to install four bike stands that hold up to eight bikes.

We talked to Jennifer Nadin, Restaurant Manager about their experience.

How did you hear about the Park That Bike scheme?

"I found out about the cycle parking initiative through a WhatsApp Birmingham business 'support network' set up over lockdown. One of the other venue owners shared the link to apply."

How did you find the application process?

"The application process was simple and the stand was easy to put together. All I had to do was take a photo of it in situ to send to Park That Bike and I'm now the owner of a very smart cycle stand!"

Why did you want to get free bike parking?

"We're very keen to promote cycling into the city but have had requests for permanent stands overlooked before because there are some at the other end of the John Bright Street already.

I jumped at the chance to have a stand right outside the cafe and it has been used frequently by cyclists who can now enjoy their food with the peace of mind of knowing their bike is in plain sight."

Friends of Spencer Park used the Park That Bike scheme to install four Sheffield bike stands. Now eight bikes can park at the park.

We talked to Karren Berry, secretary for Friends of Spencer Park about her experience.

How did you hear about the Park That Bike scheme?

"I saw some advertising about the Park that Bike scheme on Facebook, at first I thought it was just for businesses and employees so I was really pleased to discover community organisations could make the most of the initiative as well"

Why did you feel you needed bike racks at the park?

"People frequently come to the park on bike particularly members of the public who wish to use the tennis courts, they used to have to put their bikes inside the courts with them – now there is a space for them to lock up their bikes safely before they play.

Lots of children learn to ride their bikes in Spencer Park as it is enclosed and the paths are nice and flat – now children are able to lock up their bikes before using the playground.

Occasionally volunteers who garden at the park use the cycle parking as a safe place to store their bikes before they start their volunteering shift."

How did you find the process of applying for free bike racks?

"It was good, the initial form was so easy to put everything in, I worked with the park development officer and we decided where the cycle parking should go – right next to the children’s play area and main gate so it was nice and visible. Because it was in a public park, I had to get the council's permission which was really easy, the council were really good, very efficient, they organised a permit and a contractor to install the concrete base."

How was your communication with Park That Bike?

"They were brilliant, I got a phone call saying when the stand would be delivered, and they delivered it directly to my house – then I organised with a friend for us to take it down to the park?"

What impact do you think this will have on residents and visitors to the park?

"It will have a great impact on visitors to the park as it can be used by various different people. I have seen that it is already being used."

Have you spread the message across your networks?

"I hadn’t thought about it – but I will now get in touch with the chair of the local Green Space forum so other parks could benefit."

If it was possible in the future, would you like to get more free cycle parking?

"It is plenty for us right now."

Newhampton Arts Centre Wolverhampton used the Park That Bike scheme to install four Sheffield bike stands that hold up to eight bikes.

We talked to Chris Brown, Site and Facilities Manager, about their experience.

How did you hear about the Park That Bike scheme?

"One of our board members- sits on a series of community forums found out through there."

Why did you feel you needed cycle parking at the centre?

"We have always had a need for some secure cycle parking. In particular, as we have made ‘green policies’ more prevalent and we have encouraged people to use walking and cycling to access the centre there has been an uptake. It is great to have a place for visitors to store bikes securely."

"The application process was simple and the stand was easy to put together. All I had to do was take a photo of it in situ to send to Park That Bike and I'm now the owner of a very smart cycle stand!"

How did you find the process of applying for free bike racks?

"I am always applying for various initiatives and pots of funding and this process was nice and straightforward, simple and precise!"

How was your communication with Park That Bike?

"Communication with Park that Bike was great, no issues at all."

What impact do you think this will have on residents and visitors to the centre?

"It has already had an impact! Our education sessions have restarted, from youth theatre to yoga to ESOL classes lots of different members of the community are already using it."

Have you spread the message across your networks?

"Yes, I passed on information about the scheme to various arts forums I am part of."

If it was possible in future, would you like to get more free bike racks?

"We would love some additional cycle parking in the future, there is easily a need for more – they are full every day!"