Updated 22 July
By some remarkable coincidence, the cycle rack in the car park has now been bolted to the ground, though they’ve been placed in such a way that the two outer spaces are unusable due to the bollards. This still doesn’t make up for the overall loss of cycle parking, nor is it where it is needed – out front of the shop where it is more visible and less likely to be the target of thieves. So, if you haven’t already, sign the online petition now – currently half way to its target.
Updated 17 July
Some (though not all) of the removed racks have been found, round the back of the store in the car park. Where they’re not attached to the ground. You really couldn’t make it up. Sign the online petition now if you haven’t already as this really needs sorting out.
Updated 16 July
The Teddington Town team have set up an online petition to get Tesco’s to reinstate the bike racks at their Teddington store. You can sign the petition here and read more about it on the Teddington Town website.
Original Post – 8 July
Many towns and businesses recognise the value of attracting pedestrians and cyclists to spend their money in their establishments. Several studies have borne this out showing “Customers arriving by bicycle are more loyal than those who use the car for shopping”. One of barriers, though, is having somewhere to lock your bike up close to where you want to spend that money.
As local community website Teddington Town has picked up, a recent refurbishment at Tesco’s in Teddington has led to the number of bike rack spaces being cut in half. The result? People are now forced to park their bikes in varying locations, including in the store, many of them not locked up very securely due to the lack of racks. This photo shows the issue:
And via the power of Google Streetview, we can show you what it looked like before.
After Teddington Town contacted both the store and Tesco’s UK Customer Care team, the response was that there were “no plans at the moment to increase the number of bike racks“. Shame when what we’re asking for is to have them returned to the same number as before the refurbishment (though more would be better)
UPDATE: After we put out the initial story about the Teddington Tesco, we were contacted by a local cyclist about the Tesco in Barnes, on Castlenau. They have removed all the bike racks, so cyclists have to lock their bikes to the trolley stand or take their business elsewhere. Tesco followed up to say they were looking into this, so we’ll keep you updated.