If you follow Cycle Lewes’s Twitter feed, you’ll know we’ve been following the progress of the new cycle parking hub at Lewes railway station. Now, about seven months since work began, the hub has finally, officially been opened.
Blazing sun shone down on a small ceremony that took place this afternoon at the hub. Very unlike earlier this week when cold, wind and rain had forced the postponement of the official opening of the new section of the Ringmer-Malling path!
The new hub is located in the station car park area on the Pinwell Road side of the tracks, under Station Road and can be seen from the bridge, at the west end of the station.
The hub offers dry, secure parking for 100 bikes. It uses the space previously employed for about eight cars. As most cars are driven by commuters, one-to-a-car, this isn’t a bad exchange rate – parking for 100 journeys by bike compared to eight journeys by car. Even by some freak chance each car had a driver and three passengers, that would still only be 32 compared to 100. (We hope that the council learns from this efficient use of space to put more cycle parking in other car parks around town, notably at Needlemakers.)
Lucy Dance, the Sustrans officer who works to encourage more school journeys on bicycle, was there with a group of local schoolchildren, who demonstrated how the bike racks work. They’re double-decker affairs, with the top level ones pulled down with a big red handle: pretty self-explanatory.
The hub is equipped with a pump, a tool station and, for those concerned with security, CCTV. Indeed, to even enter – and exit – the hub you need to swipe a keycard. This is Southern Railway’s “The Key”. Those already registered on the Southern website can request one immediately. If you’re not registered on the site, you can register for The Key here.
It’s free, and ideal for commuters and regular users of the station, though it may be a bit convoluted for casual users. Thankfully, the station’s “120 existing cycle spaces will remain in use.”