Lack of cycle parking at the new Ipswich Waitrose & John Lewis at Home stores

Last Sunday I headed out to map the new Waitrose and John Lewis at Home stores in Ipswich that recently opened. I also took a look at what the cycling facilities of the new store were like and got them mapped into OpenStreetMap. The building outlines were in OSM already, as were the roads that were previously in OSM as being under construction had already been converted to active roads by someone else already.

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The access roads all have shared legal cycling on the pavement that are a reasonable width, which is a great start. There is however only 2 sets of 6 spaces for parking bicycles at opposite ends of the store.

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When I visited, there had been so much demand that people were tying their bike against the sign telling them where the bike park was on the currently more obvious one to park at due to it being nearer the entrance.

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I’d have expected there to be more cycle parking especially when the car park was over flowing and encouraging more people to cycle would reduce the demands for their over full car park.

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    1. Unfortunately in Britain parking your bike and not locking it to something is very much fowned upon, and not recommend. Unfortunately most bicycles sold in Britain lack stands and wheel locks which in park enables the ability for people to park without locking to something. I wonder what else would make people in Britain more likely to park their bikes without locking it to a frame?

  1. Very much depends on he area- some like North of Scotland, there is no need for locking a bike. Ask a security guard to look after the bike. Perhaps something for shops to start – a security guarded area for bikes..?
    I also seen bike shops , who have cycle lock ups inside the shop…….perhaps something for other shops to consider?

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