A new secure cycle parking facility could be created at Windsor Leisure Centre, benefiting residents and centre staff who choose to pedal to the venue.
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead successfully bid for funding from Active Travel England to build the new facility, which would provide storage for around 40 bicycles.
The proposal is subject to planning permission. If approved, it is hoped the covered facility will open in spring next year and would include dedicated spaces for adapted and cargo bikes, as well as bike repair tools and helmet lockers.
It will also feature a secure entrance door unlocked by an app, CCTV, lighting, and a see-through design to maximise security. An automated parcel collection locker will also be co-located on the site.
Councillor Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This exciting proposal forms part of our work to make cycling more attractive for short journeys to and from Windsor Leisure Centre, providing our residents with sustainable travel options, supporting healthy lifestyles, and reducing the reliance on cars for short journeys.
“We’ve spoken with local cycling organisations like the Windsor Cycle Hub and Windsor Ascot & Maidenhead Active Travel to understand their requirements, and this has helped us in finalising the design.
“We’ve recently made a number of improvements in this area to parts of Barry Avenue and Stovell Road, between the Royal Windsor Way underpass and the railway arches, such as widening the cycle tracks under the railway arches. This storage facility, if approved, will complement these upgrades.”
Councillor Josh Reynolds, cabinet member for communities and leisure, said: “A modern and secure cycle storage facility will be a fantastic addition to Windsor Leisure Centre.
“Our leisure centres are at the heart of the community, and with a new secure cycle storage facility for residents and staff, I hope we will see more people cycling to the area to take part in some of the fantastic activities and facilities that Windsor Leisure Centre has to offer”.