Pop-up Bike Parking

Location: Victoria Station
Date: 2022
Status: Temporary
Project Types: Street furniture
Client: Network Rail

In September 2021 we launched a ‘Pop Up Bike Parking’ competition with Network Rail for a creative and innovative design solution for pop-up, flexible bike parking facilities to support cyclists using railway stations. The brief was a response to the significant increase in demand for bike parking at stations over the last decade, accelerated further by the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the ways that people travel.






Winners


Over Here by Iain Jamieson with Zoë Power

Over Here © Luke O’Donovan

The winning design ‘Over Here’ by Iain Jamieson in partnership with artist Zoë Power was chosen in December 2021 by an expert judging panel, and installed outside of Victoria Station in June 2022 for the duration of the London Festival of Architecture. Over Here is a multi-coloured bike rack that uses an efficient, easy-to-use mechanism to make bike parking spaces clear from afar. Each bike parking space features an upright, artist-designed marker – with the original design created by Zoë Power. Behind the parking spaces is Zoë Power’s bold and playful mural, which brings life and colour to the station’s entrance.

Over Here © Luke O’Donovan

When parking a bike, it can be secured directly to the metal rack and the front wheel pushes a counterweight, tilting the marker forward to indicate that the stand is in use. As a result, the position of the marker allows cyclists to quickly see the number of stands that are occupied or where the free spaces are located, even when the bike racks are at their busiest. Removing the bike releases the weight, moving the marker back into its original position, without cyclists having to intervene or activate the mechanism themselves.

Over Here © Luke O’Donovan

Afterlife

Due to the success of the installation, it remained in place for an additional month outside London Victoria station after the end of the festival. The cycle parking was then rehomed at the Nomadic Community Gardens’ two sites in Old Kent Road and Stratford where the NCG have transformed disused spaces into urban gardens where people can grow their own produce and build community connections.

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