Peterborough City Council will unveil a
greener way for cyclists to secure their bikes in the city centre
on Friday 5 February 2010 at 11am.
The council has bought three PlantLocks
– 75kg tubs filled with compost and plants that are bolted to
the ground – to which cyclists can padlock their bikes.
The Plantlocks will be unveiled in the grounds
of Peterborough Cathedral, near the entrance to the former Tourist
Information Centre, which is a popular place for cyclists to leave
Students from Moulton College have selected
and planted the plants and flowers for the PlantLocks, in order to
make them attractive all year round.
Matthew Barber, Peterborough City Council's
sustainable travel officer, said: "This location was selected due
to the high number of bicycles being locked to the metal railings.
Plus it is an ideal location to secure your bike whilst quickly
popping to the shops or visiting the Cathedral.
"PlantLocks provide a functional link between
making our environment greener via the planter and using
sustainable transport. It also provides safe, attractive and tidy
bike storage. It accommodates most bicycle types and uses robust,
durable materials, which if used with a good quality bike lock,
should deter most thieves.
Councillor Matthew Lee, Peterborough City
Council's deputy leader and cabinet member for environment capital
and culture, said: "This is a fabulous idea and the dual function
of the PlantLocks will enhance facilities for cyclists in the