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Cycle lockers installed on SE1 housing estates

A number of council estates in Bermondsey, Borough and Bankside will be fitted with bike lockers to provide safer places for bicycles and encourage residents to cycle more.

Nick Stanton and Eliza Mann
Cllr Nick Stanton and Cllr Eliza Mann with the new lockers on the Arnold Estate

18 cycle lockers were installed on the Arnold Estate at the end of last year with funding from Bermondsey Community Council's Cleaner Greener Safer programme.

More than 40 similar lockers already exist on estates in Cathedrals and Chaucer wards, and last week Borough & Bankside Community Council decided to fund a total of 60 new cycle lockers. This new funding of more than 40,000 includes bicycle parking on the Decima Street Estate, Elim Estate, Tabard Gardens Estate and Rockingham Estate.

Next week Bermondsey Community Council is expected to confirm a further tranche of Cleaner Greener Safer cash for bike parking on estates in Grange, Riverside and South Bermondsey wards.

Bbicycles are fully encased within a robust locker and with an appropriate lock to ensure they cannot be stolen. Residents pay 30 to use the lockers which are managed by BikeAway.

"This very good project has our full support," says council leader Nick Stanton.

"We always encourage residents to cycle to promote healthy living and sustainability. It is only right that we provide them with safer places to keep their bicycle without any fear of theft or vandalism."

Cllr Anood Al-Samerai, chair of Bermondsey Community Council, said: "We are all aware of the benefit of cycling. I am glad that the Cleaner Greener Safer grant will give Bermondsey residents a secure place to lock their bicycle."

• Bermondsey residents who would like cycle lockers on their estate should contact Southwark Council on 020 7525 5138

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