Valet parking for bikes? That will do nicely: Bike Drop

Will Norman cuts ribbon at Bike Drop secure bike parking scheme in London


Valet parking for bikes has arrived. Well, in central London, at least.

The Mayor of London's walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman last weekcut the ribbon on Bike-Drop, a valet-style, conveniently located, safe and secure bike parking that is being branded as "more than just parking - it's a lifestyle choice". It also means not having to lug that heavy lock around with you.

The idea, being rolled out initially in three central London locations, is intended to capitalise on the growing popularity of all things bike, not least the Government committing to invest over £225m in cycle lanes. But although cycling is anticipated to grow by 10 times, according to the project backers, there is also a downside: about one bike stolen every two minutes.

Hence Bike-Drop with its 500-plus spaces in central London and a simple booking system based around a contactless QR code, to make drop-offs and pick-ups an easy experience, the comapny said.

The group opened its Regent's Street facility - actually at 56-60 Conduit Street - earlier this week at a press reception with bike brands Condor and Vanmoof also on hand to show off some of their wares.

Other sites include Oxford Circus and, soon, Great Portland Street, with the facilities open from Mon-Sun, 6am to 8pm. Users purchase a day, week or month pass, book slots, and receive texts when their bikes are ready to roll in the "Ride Out Bay". It costs £6.50 a day and includes e-charging and helmet storage, while the firm also plans to create individual pods for riders to smarten up in with "boutique soaps, luxury towels and even the facility for bike cleaning or servicing". Buying a package over longer periods saves money, with the three-month subscription working out at £3.25 a day.


Share on Twitter Email a link Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Telegram Share on LinkedIn


Share on Twitter Email a link Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Telegram Share on LinkedIn

"It's exhausting being me"

Podcast day! This month on Tracks of my Tyres, David and Toby chat to Linda Blakely, who is attempting to break the record for a single female rowing across the Atlantic.

Champions raise £250k

Amateur cyclists joined champion riders including Connor Swift, Lizzie Deignan MBE, Fred Wright and Pfeiffer Georgi, to raise £250,000 for children’s charity Action Medical Research at last week's Champions of CycleSport dinner.

Win a fancy new Velocity fixie Quella bike!

Enter our competition, and maybe ride off on new wheels...