Merseyrail says get on yer bike
The Tory/Lib Dem coaltion may be repeating Norman Tebbit's mantra and telling workers to get on yer bike.
Regular users of the Merseyrail network will have noticed that the train operator is planning to do the same thing, well, sort of.
Secure bus bike sheds have been popping up at a number of stations in Sefton and Wirral and eventually 1,500 cycle parking spaces will be offered across the network. Not bad when you consider that an audit of the 50 biggest stations in London in 2007/08 found that the capital only had 2,860 spaces. It led to the Evening Standard launching a campaign to get more spaces for bikes.
The secure sheds for cycle storage will only be able to be accessed by a key fob which will be handed over for a ÃÂ£10 deposit.
As public sector cuts are biting it may seem the last thing that money should be being spent on. But it is nice to see a bit of forward thinking and further improvements to the already excellent Merseyrail network.
It remains to be seen whether I'll be rebuilding my own bike to get on my bike.
But if you want to here is the list of stations you will be able to safely park your bike:
Southport, Birkdale, Hillside, Ainsdale, Freshfield, Formby, Hightown, Hall Road, Blundellsands and Crosby, Birkenhead Central, Green Lane, Rock Ferry, Bebington, Port Sunlight, Spital Bromborough, Eastham Rake, and Hooton.
For more information visit Merseyrail's website HERE.