Last month Falco attended the Bike Week 2014 conference at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at Hyde Park Gate in London. Bike Week is the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event for the second year running and provides a catalyst for encouraging people to use pedal power.
A Pocket Park (sometimes referred to as ‘Parklets’ or ‘Mini Park’) is an European concept aimed at bringing park-like features to urban areas such as towns and cities. These are usually small and bespoke and designed to fit in unexpected areas such as car parking spaces. A Pocket Park is effectively a scaled down version of a park, incorporating a number of key features such as cycle parking, seating, planters, trees and flowers. Although Pocket Parks are usually no larger than a few car parking spaces, they can however be designed to meet any bespoke shape or size and can accommodate a wide range of park or garden features. Pocket Parks are becoming increasingly popular in higher density areas where the lack of greenery and outdoor seating areas are virtually none existent.
Falco has manufactured, supplied and installed a futuristic space shuttle style bench with solar powered LEDs to commemorate the first Dutch astronaut - Wubbo Johannes Ockels. Wubbo was born in Almelo, Netherlands, in March 1946 and participated in a flight on a space shuttle (STS-61-A) in 1985, making him the first Dutch citizen in space!
Bike&Go is the newly launched Dutch style cycle hire scheme, based on the successful OV Fiets scheme in the Netherlands and recently launched in the UK by train operating company Abellio. The scheme is available to any operator or commercial organisation that wishes to operate a fully integrated cycle hire programme with full back office support and a full package of cycle parking infrastructure. The cycle stands and shelters are available through Falco and are approved by the operator.
Follow Falco’s Pinterest page and see some of the innovative and inspiring products that we are designing, manufacturing and installing right now! Our page is full of unique and creative ideas that you can use to accentuate your street furniture, cycle parking or canopy design scheme.
Falco has donated a number of tools and equipment for the ‘Together for Zambia’ project, which focuses on young people living in Zambia who want to learn a trade in fabrication. Around half of Zambians are unemployed with more than 85% considered to be living below the poverty line.
Falco took to the skies last week by completing the design, manufacture, supply and installation of over 680 cycle parking spaces with FalcoGamma cycle canopies at the Airbus Aerospace Park in Filton, for Airbus UK Ltd. Working on behalf of contractor Miller Construction, the new cycle parking facility, spread across two sites, is part of a £70 million pound state-of-the-art engineering and technology campus.
Is the new FalcoCam the best design of cycle stand in the world to date? This week Cambridge City Council launched a trial of the new FalcoCam cycle stand to see if this was really the case. The original Falco design, developed in conjunction with the cycling team at Cambridge, incorporates as many of the features one could hope for in a cycle stand so that they provide maximum benefit to all; cyclists, all different types of bike and of course provides the Council with a solution to a number of on street issues.
This week saw the opening of the UK’s largest CyclePoint cycle parking hub, with almost 1,000 spaces of mixed use cycle parking. The UK’s hottest day so far saw the The Rt. Hon. Simon Burns MP, Minister of State for Transport and Member of Parliament for Chelmsford officially open Abellio’s (train operator of Greater Anglia) new £680k CyclePoint at Chelmsford station.
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Falco signed an Affinity Partner Agreement with the UK's national cyclists' organisation CTC for the supply of bike shelters, cycle racks and all types of cycle parking equipment!Read more