Cyclists face ‘ridiculous’ situation to secure their bikes after municipal parking lot change
A man denounced the “ ridiculous ” situation some cyclists face when they leave their bikes in a secure enclosure on a parking lot.
For a number of years, Kirk Hyland-Taylor used a program run by the city council that allowed cyclists to leave their bikes in closed units monitored by CCTV.
A number of secure units are located across town, with others in Arnold and West Bridgford, according to information on the authority’s website.
But the 34-year-old found he was unable to use his card while trying to access an enclosure in the Bridgford Road car park in West Bridgford on Thursday (May 13th).
He noticed a sign on the display announcing City Council’s plan to introduce an annual fee for Cycle Parks card holders.
It clarifies that the authority does not have complete records for all “long-term cardholders” – adding more long-term customer cards would cease to work from January 1.
Meanwhile, the Rushcliffe Borough Council has since made parking free after 3 p.m. for motorists – and Mr Hyland-Taylor said some cyclists now face a “ridiculous set of scenarios”.
“Looks like they put the registration on and brought it in within a few weeks,” the Cotgrave resident said of the change in the cycle schedule.
“I haven’t heard anything about it – other than the sign on the side of the building that I only saw yesterday.
“It’s ridiculous to be honest, I think it will be two different authorities – they haven’t really spoken to each other [about the situation]. ”
On how he perceives the resulting impact, he said: “The council is happy to keep the parking for Range Rovers free but not happy to keep the parking for bikes free because it is too expensive. You can look at it like that way. “
Mr Hyland-Taylor had not used the bike unit at the site since the summer and is looking to arrange for the sorting of a new card.
He said it was “the principle” of the situation that annoyed him rather than the cost, adding that city council “must have my contact details” to inform them of the change.
“It’s so little notice at a time when people weren’t specifically going to these places,” he said.
The cost of the card is set at £ 7.50, reduced to £ 5.25 for those paying by annual direct debit.
Mr Hyland-Taylor added: “It is against government policy to encourage more people to cycle to work, but also for environmental reasons.”
A spokesperson for Nottingham City Council said: “We introduced a modest annual fee on January 1 of this year for the use of our cycle parks, to enable the continued provision of high quality facilities.
“We reached out to existing cardholders directly via email and post, where customers provided their contact details, advising them that they should purchase a new card.
“Unfortunately, we did not have contact details for some of our older cardholders, as we had to delete this information when new national data protection rules were introduced.
“In an effort to reach these people, and as many regular users of our bike parks as possible, we have installed signage outside all of our hubs, with four weeks’ notice of the new charge.
“We appreciate that not everyone saw them while people were working from home, but many people contacted to renew their cards and we saw very few problems.
“The annual fee pays for maintenance, additional security and video surveillance at 21 facilities in the city.
“Cardholders can access all of these sites for just £ 5.25 per year when paid by direct debit.
“It’s not a fair comparison to compare this to a temporary reduction in parking fees in a location outside the jurisdiction of city council – a reduction that came a few months after our changes were introduced.”
The borough council released a number of its parking lots by mid-afternoon to help non-essential businesses that reopened last month.
Announcing the change, Borough Council executive director for neighborhoods, Dave Banks, said it had been “incredibly difficult” times for many businesses and the authority wanted to “support them with this convenient parking offer. for motorists “.
“This allows everyone to park for free after 3pm and gives customers even more time to visit their favorite outlets, pubs or restaurants which are open for business again,” he added.
Nottinghamshire Live has contacted Borough Council for further comment.