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[Image taken 9.9.22] Nr Aldermanbury/Bridge Street, Bradford. [NOTE: Location is very approximate.] CYC has funding for onstreet public cycle lockers. I am concerned the people who have the budget are not people who have problems lifting cycles, manoeuvring cycles, or who own a 'York'cycle - a bespoke and/or adapted design intended for utility and/or pet/human-transporting use. The Bikeaway site suggests the lockers are the Warrior range ( (Even the macho name suggests these storage units have not been designed with inclusivity or accessibility in mind. Or tested on a range of people who cycle for a range of purposes on a range of designs.) If the design means you have to upend a cycle you are hugely limiting who can use a facility. That action requires physical fitness and strength. Upending rules out many designs of cycles and those adapted for carrying or towing children: longer designs with/out rear child seats (for example: #186049) and tows for children FollowMes (see: #184974).... Ditto hanging a cycle on a hook. As many many women, e-cycle users and people whose cycles have wide wheels continue to discover when they try to take their cycles on a train (see: #184267, #183348). Further, these square, metal boxes do not contribute positively to the aesthetic of a streetscape. I believe Sheffield stands can add colour, life - the constant arrivals and departures, and interest to a streetscape. They may also contribute a feeling of safety or even make a place safer due to the many people movements. I also do not like that these lockers are not dual function - are there designs that incorporate seating? Noticeboards? Frames for posters or a regularly changed selection of photographs? They look like an extension of the anti-terrorism structures that make our city centre less attractive, less safe-feeling and less permeable to legitimate users. I also think they create shadows and dark places. A woeful lack of toilet facilities in city centres might mean these get used for ducking behind for an emergency pee stop. Other image here today: #186090. Other image today: #186088.

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