In the narrow streets of Soho and Covent Garden it can be difficult to find locations for cycle parking stands. Putting them in the carriageway, like at this site in Catherine Street, is a good solution. And several bikes can be parked in the space required for one motor vehicle.
In 2017 Westminster installed the first hangars in any of its streets. These were in Ilbert Street in Queen's Park Ward.
Westminster's planning officers had advised against granting permission, on the grounds that Ilbert Street was a in a conservation area. We are grateful to Queen's Park Community Council, Councillor Heather Acton, Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Councillor Brian Connell and others for supporting the Ilbert Street on-street bike hangar planning application, with the result that the committee decided to grant permission.
These hangars have proved popular and the council is looking to install some more elsewhere.
Cyclehoop, who provided these hangars, has a website (http://www.cyclehoop.rentals/) that allows residents to request them in their street.
You can send Westminster a message suggesting a cycle parking site.
It should be on the public highway and not private property. It should also be somewhere that is not hazardous to passing pedestrians.
Bikes parked informally often indicate a lack of cycle parking stands. Telephone boxes are often situated in places suitable for cycle parking. New cycle parking stands are being installed as part of new developments here along the Charing Cross Road.
Bikes left abandoned on cycle parking stands not only are a blot on the landscape but also reduce Westminster's already limited number of cycle parking places.
In order to get an abandoned bike removed in Westminster, you can report it to https://www.westminster.gov.uk/report-recycling-rubbish-and-street-cleansing-problem .
Before removing abandoned bikes, councils have to leave a notice of their intention on them for seven days and to retain them for 14 days after removal.
Contrary to popular belief, councils do not usually remove actively used bikes locked to street furniture unless they are dangerous or causing an obstruction.
In the private Sheldon Square, you will need to report abandoned bikes to firstname.lastname@example.org