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« on: November 10, 2020, 08:32:07 am »

A large building for storing bikes is currently being built at Didcot Parkway.
It is located in the former disabled parking spaces in front of the station.



This will be huge improvement as the previous bike racks were always full by about 8:30.

I look forward to using it once/if I get back in the office and start commuting again.
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2020, 08:44:19 am »

A large bike building for storing bikes is currently being built at Didcot Parkway.
It is located in the former disabled parking spaces in front of the station.

This will be huge improvement as the previous bike racks where always full by about 8:30.

I look forward to using it once/if I get back in the office.

Excellent ... early days, limited evidence, current "firebreak" lockdown excepted, but I think I'm seeing a far higher proportion of rail passengers using pedal power to and from their stations. 

As a newcomer to this linked mode of transport, I find myself concerned at the availability of storage, and its protection from the elements and from the unwanted attention of other who would damage or steal it. I might also welcome things like helmet lockers, a restroom, and a cafe.  To some extent, I have taken the cycle on the train with me because the shelter/security offered at the far end is better than the shelter/security at my local station, even though my final destination is very close to the station and the cycle not really needed at that end.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2020, 10:46:29 am »

It is good to see sustainable transport being accommodated in such a positive fashion and will no doubt encourage further bike use in that first/last mile.

It is not without its consequences for those of us who travel several miles to use the station's facilities. The disabled parking bays have merely migrated into what was once the 20 minute open parking bays such that - with the usual parked-up taxis occupying them - there is little or no place to park, and I don't fancy paying GBP5 to park on the private land pictured across the street just to get my season ticket amended.
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2020, 11:02:40 am »

Interesting article on the BBC today about making bicycles harder to steal or less attractive if taken.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54695188
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2020, 11:46:27 am »

The new facility at Didcot looks good but my concern is that, being so well sheltered, it offers a relatively secluded environment for bike thieves unless there is some additional security provision to counter this.
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2020, 02:55:50 pm »

It is good to see sustainable transport being accommodated in such a positive fashion and will no doubt encourage further bike use in that first/last mile.

It is not without its consequences for those of us who travel several miles to use the station's facilities. The disabled parking bays have merely migrated into what was once the 20 minute open parking bays such that - with the usual parked-up taxis occupying them - there is little or no place to park, and I don't fancy paying GBP5 to park on the private land pictured across the street just to get my season ticket amended.
The land opposite the station currently being used as a car park is owned by South Oxfordshire District Council, and where they have recently announced the intention to cite their new HQ building, jointly with the Vale of the White DC. Each have taken the view that continuing working from home is the new normal so they can manage with smaller office accommodation and it is certainly hard to beat this location in the area from a public transport connections point of view.

That the two surface car parks would disappear by development sooner or later was one of he considerations in the size of the multi-storey.

I agree though that the loss of much of the drop off / meet car parking is unfortunate and unwinds the increase  made as part of the forecourt redevelopment. It will probably be displaced into the neighbouring streets.
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