Overcoming the barriers to a more active first and last mile

Our recent research into active travel revealed some of the barriers that exist for commuters choosing to cycle the first or last mile of their journeys to and from work. One of the main concerns that was raised by those surveyed was the perceived lack of secure and covered space to store bikes at the station. With this barrier in mind a number of key commuter railway stations now have new cycle hubs offering bike users a dedicated area for safe storage of their bikes.

Recent investments in cycle hubs have been made by Southeastern at Ashford International, Gravesend and Tonbridge. These cycle hubs offer a secure space with plentiful bike storage adjacent to the station building meaning a quick changeover from one mode of transport to the next.

Southeastern’s cycle hubs have proved so popular that extra spaces for bikes are now planned at Orpington, Battle, High Brooms, Hastings and Elmstead Woods to enable more passengers to enjoy cycling to and from the station. Read more about our active travel research and the health and well-being benefits of an active first and last mile here.

Mark Anderson