ePetition - Remove George Street Bike Hire Rack

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Remove George Street Bike Hire Rack

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to relocate the Bike Hire Rack stand situated in George Street.

George Street is a 'No Cycling' zone during the pedestrian hours of 10am - 4pm, and the Bike Hire Rack in George Street does not help promote or inform people the 'Pedestrians Only' Council Policy initiative and of the existing law for these hours, and its placement in George Street contradicts Council Policy.

The Bike Hire Rack in George Street appears to condone cycling in the street during these hours at best and confuses cyclists at worse. The Bike Rack also causes problems for the immediate businesses around its position.

The perfect solution being; Tesco has expressed a willingness for the George Street Bike Hire Rack to be relocated to their store and we request that this offer is accepted and implemented.

We support safe cycling in our city and the proposal will enhance the safety of all users of George Street.

This ePetition ran from 25/05/2018 to 25/06/2018 and has now finished.

353 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Response provided at the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee on 26 June 2018:

"The TRO for the George Street hub was approved at ETS committee on 14th March 2017. This particular Bikeshare Hub is in the top 10 most used docking points across the entire city, attracting on average around 500 rentals from and to the facility every month. The location of the hub towards the southern end of George Street has easy access to Church Road, making it easy for users to wheel the bikes the short distance before starting to cycle. George Street has a no-cycling restriction during pedestrianised hours, 10am to 4pm, with the road open to all vehicles, including cycles, outside of those hours. The location of the hub was adapted following comments from businesses in the vicinity, resolving accessibility issues for customers.
Hourbike, the operator of the scheme, is in discussions with Tesco for an additional hub to be installed on the frontage of the store on Church Road. However, the passing footfall will be much lower than on George Street and therefore a new hub is seen as an addition to George Street rather than a replacement given the demand in the area.
The policy of the council is to encourage travel by sustainable modes, and removing this popular facility would impact on the overall success of the Bikeshare scheme and therefore does not support that policy”.

 


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