Safe Cycle Initiatives

Abandoned Bicycles

The BID is working with City of York Council to identify and remove abandoned bicycles from within the BID area. Commuters into the city have often commented on the need for additional secure cycle storage, and until the BID can figure out a permanent solution, we’ve been working to clean up the streets. To date, nearly 100 abandoned bicycles have been removed from across the city, freeing up some much needed space for our keen cyclists.

The BID have struck up a partnership with Recycle, a family business located on Walmgate, to repair, refurbish and repurpose these bicycles if they’re unclaimed after a three month period. After all, with the right care and attention, there’s life left in these bicycles!

During 2017 when the scheme launched 49 abandoned bikes were removed a further 50 were removed in 2018 freeing up space for commuters and residents alike.


Cycle storage 


In early 2019 the BID brought over 90 additional bike parking spaes to the city increasing the city centres overall capacity by 10%. Along with this we brought 7 new sign posts showing a map of the cities cycle routes and all the available cycle parking.

The cycle racking is now in follwoing areas:

Blake Street

High Petergate 

Spark: Picadilly

Lord Mayors Walk 


Dean Gate 

St Morris Road

George Street

Castlegate Area

York City Centre cycle map


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