If you've lived in London long enough, hardly a day goes by without news of another bike getting pinched. But a designer has invented a bike stand that he reckons could leave cycle thieves stumped for good. Denis Quilligan’s One Lock BikeDock is a steel frame with a prong that lets cyclists secure both bike wheels and frame without the need for two locks.
It seems to be doing a great job, too. Ever since six stands were installed at the Jim Peter Stadium in Barking and Mayesbrook’s Park in Dagenham a year ago, not a single bike theft has been reported.
No news yet on when these super stands will be rolled out for two-wheelers in the rest of the capital, but in the meantime, TfL has kicked off cycle safety plans of its own, with two new parking hubs due to open this month. The spaces in North Greenwich and Hounslow West will be covered by CCTV cameras and hold 350 and 190 bikes respectively.
So what about folks looking for central London parking? Well, you'll have to hold on until 2018 for the 'superhub' that's coming to Waterloo station. But with enough room for 5,000 bikes, we reckon it'll be worth the wait.