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[UPDATE: On 29.7.22 I added 'History' to the end of this caption] [Image taken 17.7.22] Aldi, Kathryn Avenue, Huntington, York. [NOTE: No street view at this exact location] The total space is 280cm wide. If Sheffields were parked parallel to the side of the shop as here: #184832 perhaps 30cm from the wall + 100cm for a cycle, there would be 150cm left even if the rack(s) were in use. The racks would accommodate cycles with trailers: #182645 and 'York' cycles: #184964. They might even be partially or substantially under cover. Other images this subject today and links: #184970.

HISTORY:

The original planning application - 2007 - for the Aldi on Kathryn Avenue
planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/files/3E3D169408FB40BC196A94064E2513AB/pdf/07_00843_FULM-PLANNING_APPLICATION_SITE_PLAN_AS_PROPOSED-285611.pdf
has the entrance for Aldi on Jockey Lane.
There are cycle stands Sheffields) immediately next to it and all under cover.
This is all excellent practice.
They cycle parking is also accessible in that it is on the segregated cycle route and there is a dropped kerb to/from the road (Jockey Lane) immediately in front of the racks. And a further dropped kerb to Kathryn Avenue.
This is excellent practice.
I can't see any reference to spacing between the uprights but there are 16 spaces.
This sounds a good number.
In 2012 Aldi submitted a further planning application. It moved the entrance to the other end of the shop. Six racks stayed in situ - marooned - see: #184970
Who would use these? Four got moved to here: #184972
but are just 60cm apart: #170557.
There is now no access from the cycle network.
There are now no dropped kerbs.
There are now six fewer racks - that's a loss of 12 spaces.
The racks are now impractical. They are not accessible for families in cargo cycles or people with mobility issues.
I am unable to force Aldi to improve the provision. And I have not been able to appeal to them to do so. This is because their stance is backed up by the Council not noticing, or perhaps not caring, about the massive loss of cycle provision; the removal of easy, logical and safe access for all cyclists; and the lack of disabled cycle parking. On 28 July 2022, Aldi replied:
"I have liaised with our property teams regarding this who have confirmed that there are no immediate plans to make any changes to the cycling racks. The racks conform with the guidance from the planning authority and therefore, there would be no changes at present."
This is just four years after York was one of the designated Cycling Cities.
democracy.york.gov.uk/documents/s18631/Annex%20A%20Cycling%20City.pdf
Plus, there was an established company in York selling bespoke and adapted cycles for people with mobility issues.
Further, Bakfiets designs (www.bakfiets.com/) were gaining popularity with families in this country.
So, 10 years on the provision at Aldi is:
- impractical;
- does not support people with mobility issues whether on standard cycles or bespoke or modified designs;
- does not support families or people with trailers (see: #182645)
But it was signed off by the local authority so we seem to be stuck with it until Aldi submits a planning application for change to this outlet.

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