Cambridge has become the second place in Britain to introduce Cyclehoop bike parking racks. The simple cast steel hoop can be clamped onto signposts and allows for two bikes to be locked to it.
The idea is to create cycle parking where pavement space is limited and to reduce the likelihood of bikes falling over and getting in the way pedestrians. Reportedly, the plan is to install the cycle hoops, and then remove those which draw complaints or cause problems.
The device also aims to discourage theft – its design leads the cyclist to lock through the frame and wheels rather than just around the top tube and also means the bike cannot be lifted over the post. With £290,000 being spent on the Cambridge project, there should be plenty of them around.
The Cyclehoop won the Street Furniture category in the design competition at the 2006 London Architecture Biennale. Designed by student entrepreneur Anthony Lau, it is already in use in London.
Since launching the Cyclehoop, Lau and a colleague have come up with a winning design for an indoor bike shed for the New York office of Google.