Secure storage for my bike

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Saturday 6 October 2012 8.31pm
This is a very long shot but does anyone living near the Elephant/St George's Road have a safe indoor place where I could store my very expensive bike? Because I have a neurological problem the bike is power assisted. We are no longer allowed to keep them on the balcony due to fire regs so it is in my very narrow hallway where frankly, it is even more of a risk blocking escape in the event of a fire. Not to mention barking my shins on the bloody pedals each time I walk past! Bikes have been stolen from our gated car park in the past. I explored hiring a garage from the council but is was much too expensive for one pedal cycle. I'd be willing to negotiate a small payment.It would need to be somewhere I could access easily.
TAK
Sunday 7 October 2012 1.46am
Maybe Bikeaway have some bike lockers near you somewhere? We just recently got some on our estate and so far I am delighted.

I think on their website they even list where they have lockers:
http://www.bikeaway.com/
TAK
Sunday 7 October 2012 1.47am
actually, if you press below just select London and the Southwark and you see a list:
http://www.cyclemanagement.co.uk/lockers.aspx
Sunday 7 October 2012 9.06am
Tak, you are brilliant! I had no idea that there was such a possibility. There are some in Hayles Street, just round the corner from me and they have seven available. They are only 35 a year and I don't mind paying that. I will walk round there later today to check the state of them before applying. Obviously if they are damaged etc, I will think again but it sounds a realistic possibility. Thanks for that.
Zoe
Sunday 7 October 2012 11.15am
I have friends who use the bike away storage and they have always spoken highly of them, so I think you'll be fine. However they always use locks on their bike when they put it in there, as an added barrier, which seems sensible.
Monday 8 October 2012 12.34pm
Have you considered getting a wall mounted bicycle bracket?

http://www.evanscycles.com/categories/accessories/bike-storage
Tuesday 9 October 2012 12.53pm
Longer term it may be worth talking to the Council to see if they would be interested in following Lambeth's lead and installing secure on-street cycle parking - see http://www.lambethcyclists.org.uk/2011/08/radical-new-cycling-parking-facility.html

http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/TransportStreets/WalkingCycling/CycleParking.htm
Tuesday 9 October 2012 3.11pm
The way that Bikeaway have arranged the (very solid looking) padlocks on their units is done to make it difficult to get a grinder or cutter in there.

They look good (but I'm not a bike thief, so what do I know?)

...if you press it, they will come.
TAK
Tuesday 9 October 2012 3.59pm
Ivanhoe wrote:
The way that Bikeaway have arranged the (very solid looking) padlocks on their units is done to make it difficult to get a grinder or cutter in there.
They look good (but I'm not a bike thief, so what do I know?)

Also, the bikeaway onces are constructed in a way that one can't see passing by if a bike is inside or what bike it may be. There is only a small gap under the door to the paving. Obviously as it's at street level many people can see you using them, but at least no-one will pass by and see what's stored within. They feel quite sturdy and strong - but then again, I'm also not a bike thief......

As far as I know - or at least on my estate- Bikeaway worked in conjunction with Southwark Council. We got our lockers as part of a 'Cleaner Greener Safer' grant where LBS awarded some money to the estate for installation of these. For various reasons however it took a few years for them to be installed (pending landscaping works, planning application submissions etc. etc.)

Beverly, if you PM me I could forward you the email adress of the person I dealt with at LBS if you wanted to enquire if something like this would be possible where you live - However, if you can get one now near you I'd go for that first - you can always push for some nearer later.
Tuesday 9 October 2012 4.06pm
The new round of Cleaner Greener Safer funding for Borough, Bankside and Walworth is being launched this week, so now is a good time to think about putting forward a suggestion for new bike lockers.

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