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Cycle Storage

Ene 8: Cycle Storage

Credits Available: 2 (no mandatory elements)

Credits are awarded for providing secure cycle storage facilities at a dwelling. By doing so, inhabitants are more likely to use cycles for short journeys instead of cars, which will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, along with noise and air pollution.

Credit allocation is based on dwelling size and is detailed in the table below.

Cycle Storage Criteria Table

Table taken from The Code for Sustainable Homes, Ene8, Page 72

Cycles can be stored within a garage, shed, external or internal communal cycle store or proprietary system, providing adequate storage space is present for the amount of cycles being stored. No credits are available for internal cycle storage areas in houses. Within flats internal communal cycle stores can be specified providing they meet storage space requirements for the number of cycles being stored.

Cycle stores must meet the following requirements to be accepted under the Code:

Store size: Cycle stores must provide sufficient space for both storage and the independent manoeuvring of each cycle. If stored on the floor, minimum space requirements are:

Store size: Cycle stores must provide sufficient space for both storage and the independent manoeuvring of each cycle. If stored on the floor, minimum space requirements are:

  • 1 cycle: 2m long x 0.75m wide
  • 2 cycles: 2m long x 1.5m wide
  • 4 cycles: 2m long x 2.5m wide

If hanging or proprietary cycle storage facilities are provided, storage space requirements are more flexible, however cycles must be able to be removed individually.

Cycle storage in Sheds: If cycles are to be stored within a shed, a minimum of 1m2 of additional storage space must be provided for garden tool storage within the shed. The shed should be supported by concrete foundations and secure fixings must be provided to lock both the cycle wheels and frame. The secure fixing should be set in concrete or other hard standing for added security.

Cycle storage in Garages: Additional space, above that which is required for car storage, must be provided in any garage where cycles are to be stored. Sufficient space (as detailed above) should be provided for the number of cycles being stored on top of a standard single garage size (2.4m x 4.9m) and a standard double garage size (5m x 5.2m) to meet compliance.

Location: The cycle store must be situated no more than 100m away from the front door of the dwelling with unrestricted direct access from and to the store, and from and to a public right of way. The cycle store must be located to ensure that cycles do not have to be brought though the dwelling to reach the public right of way. Lighting in communal cycle stores must meet with the requirements of Ene6 - External Lighting.

Security: To qualify for credits, the cycle store must be deemed secure. Minimum security measures depend on the chosen storage structure:

  • Where a door is at least 44mm thick and locked to the door frame, a permanent mortice deadlock or sash lock (of BS 3621:2007 standard) can be used.
  • In a block of flats containing communal cycle storage with no windows, the entrance must be a secure doorset and meet requirements in clauses 21.2 - 21.6 and 21.8 - 21.13 of the Secured by Design New Homes 2010 document. A stand must be provided to support the bike and a secure ground anchor point (Sold Secure - Sliver Standard) for each space or a secure stand can be used.

Secure Stands

Must allow both wheel and frame to be locked. Materials must be galvanised steel with a thickness of 3mm or more and a foundation depth of 300mm with welded T-bar set in concrete.

Secure Storage

  • Solid enclosed structures (including communal halls in flats and shared dwellings) should be fitted with an entrance lock or secure fixings to lock cycles to.
  • Non solid structures require an entrance lock and secure fixings to lock cycles to.
  • Non fully enclosed structures (three walls and a roof) require only secure fixings to lock cycles to.

Weather Protection: Minimum requirements for cycle store structures constitute three sides and a roof.

Evidence Required

At design stage, detailed documents should be produced and submitted showing the number of bedrooms and corresponding number of cycle spaces, location, specifications, access routes and security measures for the cycle storage area. Where applicable details of the proprietary system and how the requirements of Clause 35 of Secured by Design - New Homes 2010 will be met.

Post construction verification that design stage specifications have been met can include either a Code Assessor site inspection report, a letter from the developer confirming the cycle storage has been installed or copies of purchase orders and receipts detailing cycle storage capacity of cycle storage fittings or photographs accompanied by dated notes.

Product Focus

Cycle Storage

Secure Fixings

  • Sheffield Frames
  • Staking Systems
  • Hinge Fixings
  • Communal Systems