St George have undertaken an innovative approach to encourage and support sustainable transport methods by providing a public cyclist repair and maintenance station adjacent to our site entrance.
Our site is located along Cycle Superhighway 6 – one of TfL’s most highly trafficked cycle routes which carries circa 3,000 cyclists during peak times. We have observed on a number of occasions cyclists who have needed to repair their bikes on route but there is no provision within the vicinity. We have often had cyclists visit our site security to ask if they can borrow tools from site operatives.
We have decided to utilise the paving area adjacent to our site entrance and on the corner of Blackfriars road to provide this facility for the local community and users of the north-south CS6. The location of this facility is accessible via our pull-in bay, allowing them to safely exit the highway to reach the cycle repair station.
The station is equipped with Sheffield stands, a cycle pump which features a waterproof pressure gauge and a repair and maintenance stand or ‘Repair XL’. The Repair XL stand is capable of carrying out basic repairs such as repairing a puncture to adjusting brakes and gears. The tools include Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, an allen key set, torx T.25 pedal spanner, adjustable spanner and 2x steel tyre levels.
Through this scheme we have set the standard for reducing our negative impact on the society by providing local communities with the facilities they require to encourage safe and sustainable travels. It also shows the commitment our industry has to supporting cyclists.
In addition, we have made our hoarding interactive to members of the public by providing a USB charging point. This is to allow members of the public to take a seat and recharge their devices. The USB charging point is located between the site hoarding and our public piazza. It has a bench which is located under a roofed area therefore public users will be protected in poor weather conditions and can use the viewing point located within the hoarding to allow an insight into the construction work taking place while they wait.
Monitor Report. St George PLC. London. October 2018.