Short Equality Impact and Outcome Assessment (EIA)



Title of EIA[1]

Cycle Hangars

ID No.[2]



City Transport

Focus of EIA[4]

Background/Reason for the project

It is only recently that council and national policy has required developers to provide cycle parking as a standard for all new residential housing. This means that storage of bicycles in older properties, existing flats or houses of multiple occupancies are a significant challenge to residents in the city who wish to own or store a bicycle. The city also suffers from a high level of bike theft and vandalism due to lack of safe, secured and covered facilities for residents. Local Transport Note 01/20 Cycling Infrastructure Design, released in July 2020, states that “Cycle parking is integral to any cycle network, and to wider transport systems incorporating public transport. The availability of secure cycle parking at home, the end of a trip or at an interchange point has a significant influence on cycle use”. Therefore, the provision of high-quality secure cycle parking is a key determinant of whether people will choose to cycle or not.


Funding has been secured for an initial rollout of 100 cycle hangars to be installed across the city. This was subsequently extended to 150 cycle hangars.




Who is affected by the service, or how it is delivered?

The cycle hangars project will provide residents across the city with the opportunity to park their bikes in locked units. Each unit can hold up to six bikes. Residents, and businesses will be affected by the project. Some residents parking bays may be removed to accommodate the hangars. Disabled parking bays will not be removed unless there is evidence that they are underutilised by disabled users. In the unlikely event that disabled parking bays are proposed to be repurposed for the installation of cycle hangars, their usage will be thoroughly researched by the parking infrastructure team prior to this.


Initially the hangars will mainly be used by residents. We may work with businesses in future after the initial rollout of 100 to potentially provide them with cycle hangars to assist their business models if relevant.


Providing secure cycle parking potentially encourages cycle use, which delivers health and wellbeing benefits and reduces demands on the health service. Encouraging cycle use could reduce the number of motorised vehicles travelling in the city, making roads safer for pedestrians and other cyclists. People who may not be able to afford bicycles and therefore may not benefit directly from this scheme are likely to walk and use public transport more than an average person and tend to live in more congested areas. As a result, they would benefit positively from safer streets, improved air quality and reduced congestion due to lower levels of motor traffic, which better provision for cyclists might bring.


Equality will be considered throughout the process of identifying and implementing the cycle hangars through the following aspects:


  • As part of the identification of potential locations for cycle hangars an evidence-based prioritisation process was undertaken to assess where there is the greatest need and the greatest benefit to residents. The process used datasets such as Indices of Multiple Deprivation Health and Disability. The subsequent top 20 location recommendations will be referred to when prioritising the bike hangar locations.
  • An online survey was carried out in October/November 2021 for residents to suggest locations for the cycle hangars. Following this a prioritisation matrix system will be used to identify the initial 150 locations. The matrix will incorporate findings from the survey and the above data sets along with other set criteria such as type of property. Equalities questions were not asked as part of the survey.
  • It is likely that some of the cycle hangers will be provided with spaces for non-standard cycles (including those used by families, disabled users and others who need adapted cycles) to enable all users to access this provision – the requirement for this was stipulated in the tender documents for procuring a supplier of the cycle hangars.


Due to vehicle parking spaces potentially being repurposed for the cycle hangars to be installed, most cycle hangar locations are likely to be subject to a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) before the cycle hangar is installed. This will give residents on the roads where we are intending to install the hangars the opportunity to look at the planned locations and comment. If a TRO is not needed, residents on the affected roads will still be consulted on the plans before the cycle hangars are installed.

How does it fit with other services? 

The project fits with other transport policies and services such as:

       Active travel fund

       Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

       Capability fund

       Access to education/employment

       Cycle lanes & Cycle Training

       Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs)

       General cycle parking

       School Travel Plans & School Streets

       Cargo bike accelerator project

       Local Transport Plan 5


Other teams from BHCC that will be involved in the project are the Parking Team, Housing Team, Highways, Transport Policy & Strategy Team, Transport Administration & Research Team, Business Development & Compliance Team, Traffic Team, Procurement Team, Community Engagement Team, and the Legal Services Team.


External Stakeholders include: NSL parking enforcement, Project Centre, Hanover Community Centre, Falco, Cyclepods, and Ditchling Rise And Residents Association (DRARA).


Who implements the project?

The Transport Projects & Engineering Team will be project managing the cycle hangars project. Initially approximately 100 cycle hangars are being planned, more may be installed in future depending on future funding being secured. A procurement process has been carried out to find an external contractor to supply, install and manage the spaces in the cycle hangars, as well as maintaining them. The project may be brought in-house in future once the project is well established, following an initial contract of 2 years with the external contractor.


Who are the external and internal service-users, groups, or communities?

All residents, of Brighton and Hove will be able to apply for a space in a cycle hangar once they are installed and a system is set up for allocating spaces within the hangars. Employees of BHCC that are also residents in the city will be able to apply for a space if they choose to.



One of the outcomes in the Council’s Plan is to deliver a ‘sustainable city’, and as part of this, a transport network that ensures Brighton & Hove becomes carbon neutral by 2030 and keeps the city moving. With a focus on providing cycle parking infrastructure the project will help meet the corporate priority of developing a sustainable and active travel network as follows:

       encouraging mixed mode travel with good transport interchanges and better integration of travel information.

       delivering a transport system that provides sustainable travel with investment in walking, cycling and smart traffic signalling.


Supporting and encouraging people to own and use a bicycle will also help the city to be a ‘healthy and caring’ place; one where healthy life expectancy is increasing through the promotion of physical activity and health inequalities are reducing.


Cycle storage will be easier for residents where the cycle hangars are located. Having secure cycle parking near residents’ homes therefore encourages cycle usage.



The aim of the project is to encourage modal shift in line with the LTP 5, LCWIP and to help towards BHCC becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030, to reduce issues for residents such as cycle theft, cycle storage space, and to support the use of cycling as a mode of transport.


Replacement of car parking with cycle parking would be a benefit of the project in terms of encouraging cycling and helping modal shift away from the car. The scheme has the potential to benefit residents of housing estates, shared flats and those without outdoor space, and for disabled cyclists who may want easy access for their bicycle.


A further benefit may be the improvements to the overall street scene, with the reduction of bike storage in front gardens, lamp posts and near-by railings.


Assessment of overall impacts and any further recommendations[5]

As the cycle hangar project is a new scheme for BHCC, we do not have any local, specific research or data to show the positive or negative impacts that the cycle hangars could have on specific groups. Therefore, the overall impacts are as follows:


Disability: Cycle parking provision has the potential to have a positive impact on the community. Increasing cycling has both direct and indirect health benefits which impact not only an individual that cycles (through better fitness and improved mental health) but also the wider community, (through better air quality, less noise pollution, reduced road danger, etc.). The cycle hangar spaces will be available for all residents to apply for. The units can be adapted to accommodate large, adapted bikes, such as those used by disabled cyclists, as well as for bikes with child seats on them and cargo bikes which parents may use for carrying children. These may therefore benefit disabled people.


Gender: Carefully selected locations that are well lit and overlooked and centrally located, will ensure that the environment is well considered to ensure all users of the hangars feel safe when getting their bicycles in and out.


Age: The scheme is intending to broaden the demographic of cyclists, in particular where users may need to repeatedly carry cycles up or down stairs the scheme should have a positive impact. The elderly tend to be less physically active – cycling provides a cheap form of transport and a simple form of physical exercise. The hangars are designed to accommodate most types of bicycle, inclusive of all the age groups.

Economic: In the Department for Transport's report, “The value of cycling" (Raje F. and Saffrey A. 2016. University of Birmingham and Phil Jones Associates) typical benefits of providing a secure cycle storage or bike hanger scheme were identified:

  • Strategic economic benefits: High-density, cycle-friendly improvements to urban streetscape is conducive to achieve agglomeration benefits, although evidence in relation to regeneration and residential property effects is mixed
  • Individual benefits: Evidence for individual benefits accruing from a specific investment is mixed, acknowledging the link between hard and soft measures to deliver individualised benefits that address underlying structural barriers to cycling
  • Employment benefits: Both as an enabler of access to employment and education for transport-deprived residents, and as a means of attracting and retaining skilled labour and inward investment with lower staff absenteeism and turnover
  • Local economic benefits: Increased retail spend density. Per sqm, parking provision for cycles generates 5x more retail spend than car parking (Lee A, and March A. (2010) ‘Recognising the economic role of bikes: sharing parking in Lygon Street, Carlton’. Australian Planner. 47(2), 85–93)
  • Public expenditure benefits: Typically low cost, high benefit, reduced spend on healthcare and school travel, and the potential of existing infrastructure, particularly if targeted at new cyclists
  • Fiscal benefits: Increased revenues arising from agglomeration benefits, and specifically potential to reduce the opportunity cost of car parking space by giving more people access to on-street parking.


Potential issues

Mitigating actions

Most cycle hangar units will be installed on the carriageway, replacing vehicle parking. They are approximately the same size as a standard car, therefore installing them in vehicle parking spaces should not cause visibility or obstruction issues for disabled people. Some may be placed in other areas such as on housing estates or on footway buildouts, in which case visibility and obstruction would need to be considered.


There will be a fee for using the hangars and this might have a potentially negative impact on people from some socio-economic groups.











Early engagement with disabled groups such as the RNIB and Possability People explaining the project and discussing any potential issues. Use standard guidelines for installing structures on the highway or footway.





The fee is necessary to deliver desired level of service. If a space in the bike hangar will enable some people to rely on cycling as a main mode of transport it will provide a significant financial saving on alternative modes of transport. Review the impact the fee has on users and potentially introduce a sliding scale for fees, based on users income in future years.




Actions planned[6]


Consultations – Once cycle hangar locations are decided upon they will be subject to statutory consultation in the form of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs). Letters with the location plans will also be sent to residents before the TRO is advertised. Alternative formats of any documentation used in any consultations will be available upon request (such as audible copies for blind people) as well as being made available in different languages.


EIA sign-off: (for the EIA to be final an email must sent from the relevant people agreeing it or this section must be signed)


Lead Equality Impact Assessment officer:     Michelle Jamieson             Date:  12/01/2022


Communities, Equality Team and Third Sector officer: Janice Markey             Date: 14/01/2222