FalcoPod Bike Hangars roll-out for the London Borough of Brent
Falco is delighted to be working with the team at the London Borough of Brent to roll-out their next phase of residential bike hangars. The FalcoPods were installed this Summer and residents are now enjoying access to the latest on-street bike hangars. Additionally Falco is providing a fully managed service to Brent with both key Rental Management to the residents and bike hangar Maintenance on behalf of the Brent Highways and Infrastructure team.
The Falco Rentals website enables residents to look for free spaces in the FalcoPod Bike Hangar network, book an available space and pay all in one place. The Borough is subsidising the first year’s rental to make the facilities more accessible to residents and we have produced a video to help them use the new facilities:
Family Friendly Bike Hangar
The FalcoPod bike hangar is a robust on-street cycle parking solution designed to meet the needs of cyclists who don’t have access to private cycle parking facilities. The improved innovative shape means that you no longer have to remove some baskets or child seats when storing your bike!
We recognised that the current stock of bike hangar products really only suited a standard bike silhouette and in order to facilitate other cyclists then we needed a product that addressed those barriers to cycling that many other groups faced. So our brief looked at a number of sectors where we felt we could make a big difference from just small changes and the first of these was from our work with Local Authorities and the residential sector. Here family inclusivity was a key issue so we needed a solution where child seats (front or back) as well as panniers or cargo racks could be accommodated without having to be removed/re-fitted for each journey (whilst holding a baby!). As a result, the FalcoPod has 55% more space than some current designs whilst still fitting in the same bike hangar footprint and this additional room is predominantly where child seats and baskets are fitted.
Falco design is both evolutionary and innovative by nature and the new FalcoPod is no exception. This is the third generation of ‘bike hangar’ type product building on the pedigree of the original street locker the ‘Midi Bike Box’ with some great new features over existing products as follows:
- Size - fits in half a car parking space and houses 6 bikes, with covered weather protection.
- Family inclusive – with an ergonomically improved design, the additional space/height (55% more) means there is no need to remove child seats or baskets from the back or front of bikes.
- Bike security - the six place FalcoSound bike rack has three locking points including the ability to use a ‘D’ lock through the rear wheel and frame.
- Easy access - single door with integral lock and gas strut for assisted lifting.
Bike Hangar Management and Maintenance
Through our ‘Falco Rentals’ team, Falco now offers local authorities and private companies a fully managed bike hangar service dealing with key management and public payments as well as a regular planned maintenance service to support the council with its ongoing public service maintenance obligations.
This service is not just restricted to bike hangars though, we are able to provide a rental service for any cycle parking facility, from cycle hubs and bike stores through to individual cycle lockers, the Falco Rentals system is both flexible and simple to use. So let Falco organise your bike parking rental system whilst you get on with doing just what you should be!
For more information about the FalcoPod Bike Hangar, the FalcoPod Bike Hangar service or your cycle parking scheme, please contact our helpful sales team on 01538 380080.