One of the ‘Key Issues’ for the Horsham District, listed in the newly-published West Sussex County Council Transport Plan 2011-26, is that
There is a lack of secure public cycle parking through the District, particularly in Horsham
And nowhere is this more true than right outside Horsham District Council’s offices, centrally located in the town, where if you wish to arrive by bicycle, you will have to improvise and find some way to lock your bicycle to the hand rails, because – naturally enough – there are no cycle stands here.
If, on the other hand, you are arriving by car, you will find yourself treated to free parking. Sorry, FREE PARKING.
Plenty of spaces here –
To repeat – the Park North office is in the middle of the town. It is easily accessible by bike. A council that was serious about ‘Sustainable Travel’ would be putting in cycle stands, and not offering dozens of free car parking spaces.
Why don’t Horsham District Council make a start on addressing one of the ‘Key Issues’ in the district, right here, on their own doorstep?
Upon further investigation, I have managed to find some cycle stands at Horsham District Council’s offices at Park North. However, it is not at all clear whether they are for public use.
At the rear of the building, if you proceed down the ramp to the private car park (ignoring the sign, and skirting around the barrier designed to stop people parking in the spaces reserved for council members) –
The signage suggests that this is private property, and even if these stands are accessible to the general public, they are far from convenient, or easy to find.
When I asked at the Council’s reception desk, no-one was aware of any cycle stands at the building.