12:40PM, Thursday 29 May 2014
'Double-decker' bike racks have been installed at Twyford Train Station and more than doubled its capacity for cycles.
The £15,000 project means the station now has room for up to 120 bikes in a move it is hoped could reduce the number of commuter cars being parked in residential roads surrounding the station in Station Road.
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The new storage replaces the station's 23 metal hooped Sheffield cycle stands that had room for two cycles each.
The new stands were promoted at an event on Thursday, May 22, with a free bike seriving and breakfast event.
Sara Randle, senior cycling development officer for CTC the national cycling charity, was there.
"Parking is one of the major issues down there," said Sara after the event, adding the more people they can get on their bikes the better.
She added about 40 cyclists, most of who were commuters, dropped in to the breakfast and 'Dr Bike' session.
The bike parking was half paid for by Cycle Chilterns, a project run by the CTC and Chilterns Conservation Board, with funding from Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
First Great Western (FGW) provided the rest of the money.
"Everyone loved the new cycle parking and said it was a great improvement to the station," added Sara, who also runs Cycle Chilterns.
"[Bikes] were overflowing there. They were locked to every railing and everything that was nailed down."
The new parking is on platforms four and five.
A weekly pop-up bike shop, which will also offer repairs and servicing, will be at the station every Tuesday morning.
Commuters will be able to leave their bikes to be fixed while they head off to work.
This is being supported by FGW, Cycle Chilterns, CTC, Wokingham Borough Council, Walton Street Cycles and Bainton Bikes.
Cycle Chilterns runs across the Chilterns and Twyford, including seven gateway towns to encourage cycling within the community and to encourage cycle tourism.
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