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Adapting for All Cyclists

Adapting for All Cyclists

The New London Plan, due for adoption early in 2020, are now already being applied by many authorities following the recent report from the Inspectorate. This includes significant changes to cycle parking standards, including that 5% of all long-stay provision should be accessible to adapted cycling. But what is this?

“Adapted cycles” is a broad term for bicycles that have been designed or adapted for use by disabled persons, but also includes non-standard adult bicycles such as tandems and cargo bikes.

These take a wide range of forms and sizes not limited to:

  • recumbent cycles that can be peddled lying down;
  • hand cycles, which do not require the use of one’s legs;
  • tricycles and four-wheeled bicycles; “ride beside” bicycles, on which two people can cycle together, or one person can be a passenger; and
  • wheelchair platform cycles.

The standards have been promoted due to an increase in stacked cycle parking in new development and tightly spaced Sheffield stands. Sheffield stands, whilst suitable for most cycles, cannot accommodate adapted cycles if there is not enough space for these larger machines and their users to manoeuvre.

Surprisingly, the concept of ‘adapted’ cycle parking also appears to include children’s cycles, which are sometimes too small to be safely stored on upper racks, and sometimes too low to lock by both frame and wheel onto a standard Sheffield.

Standards for adapted cycle parking are contained within the London Cycling Design Standards, Chapter 8. https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/streets-toolkit#on-this-page-2

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