Transport for London (TfL) has announced it has collected data on every street in London to create 'the world's largest database of cycling infrastructure'.
The transport authority said this has enabled it to estimate existing and future demand for cycle parking by borough for its Cycling Parking Implementation Plan.
The analysis shows there are currently 145,449 cycle parking spaces on London streets. At least 36,000 additional spaces are needed to meet current demand, with a further 12,000 spaces needed by 2025, TfL said.
Currently more than half of stations in London either do not have any cycle parking, or do not have enough spaces to cope with demand, despite cycling being at record levels.
Cycle parking investment
TfL announced a £2.5m investment in cycle parking targetting 10 stations in the coming year, along with 1,400 new spaces in residential areas. It will also invest in new cycle parking across town centres, with 8 town centres set to be improved over the coming year.
London currently has 7,000 spaces in nearly 1,200 cycle hangars, although many boroughs currently have fewer than 10 hangars.
Through working with London boroughs, Network Rail, rail operators, businesses and local communities, TfL plans to improve cycle parking outside stations, with the aim of ensuring all stations outside Zone 1 will have a minimum of 20 cycle parking spaces within 50 metres and a minimum of 30% spare capacity.
At least 80 schools and two universities will be supported with new cycle parking over the coming year, as well as cycle parking facilities for visitors to hospitals, sports facilities, parks, museums and other places of interest
TfL will also share evidence and best practice with businesses and explore opportunities to reduce the complexity and costs of delivering cycle parking through a one-stop-shop procurement framework.