There is a lot of debate going on whether a cycle shelter is really necessary, and indeed if you need one, the amount of debate extends to the entire country. You see, cycle shelters are not only for cycling. You see them in schools, at sporting venues, in parks and even in the middle of roads where cars cannot go. It is rather interesting to note that the number of cycle-related deaths in the UK has gone up by 13% in the last seven years. Some people argue that this is down to the fact that more people are cycling nowadays, whereas the car accidents that result in fatalities have actually gone up.
Is Bike Shelters Necessary?
The arguments for and against cycle-shelters can be debated until the end of time, but it is important to know that there is a clear reason why one would need to install one. Firstly, cycle-shelters provide a place for cyclists to park their bicycles. Most people cycle from their homes to work or from local stores to the local pub, so having somewhere to lock up their bike for the night is extremely important. They can also protect the rear wheel of your bike from road debris, which could otherwise cause serious damage to your bike.
Cycle shelters come in all shapes and sizes, some of them being attached to walls or posts which are then placed in a selected position, while others are simply placed on the ground in a chosen corner. In terms of price, you can get a basic system for just under a hundred pounds, which will allow you to lock your bike up for the night in your garden or backyard. A more expensive option is to get a “fully-enclosed” system that will allow you to lock your bicycle in as it is being transported to and from your home. There are even options to get portable cycle shelters, which can be stored in the trunk of a car when travelling. These portable systems allow you to lock your cycle at the roadside, in the boot of a car or even in the glove compartment of a vehicle, meaning that you can cycle anywhere without fear of thieves stealing your possessions.