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Residential cycle storage RSL survey

Research into the barriers and solutions to providing residential cycle storage

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Cycling Scotland has commissioned research into the barriers and solutions to providing residential cycle storage. As part of this research, it is carrying out a survey to gather the views of RSLs. The survey should only take about 10–20 minutes to complete, depending on which questions are relevant to your organisation. To start the survey, please click on the link below:

Cycle Storage Survey

Please complete the survey by Friday 11 February 2022

The research, including the survey, is being carried out on behalf of Cycling Scotland by David Lyon from Pettycur Consulting. Individual survey responses will be kept confidential, and not shared with anyone else, without first obtaining the respondents permission. Results of the survey will be presented in an anonymised form in the final written report.

Further information about the research can be found below, but, if you have any queries about the survey, please contact either David Lyon (david@pettycurconsulting.co.uk tel: 07503 958291) or Hugh MacGregor at Cycling Scotland (hughmacgregor@cycling.scot tel: 07708 899118).


Cycling, along with other forms of active travel, is increasingly seen as a major contributor to both reducing CO2 and other harmful emissions from car usage, and improving physical and mental health. However, there is an increasing body of evidence that, for many Scottish households who live in high rises, tenements, apartment blocks and other flatted type accommodation, bicycle ownership is impractical due to the lack of access to safe and secure cycle storage.

Suitable residential cycle storage has different requirements to public realm cycle parking, which is typically only intended to secure a cycle for a number of hours and not overnight. Residential cycle storage should be covered, secure, accessible to residents, conveniently located at, or near, the residency of the intended users, and safe to use all year round. It can be located within the curtilage of a building, a communal area and or on a public road.

Purpose of the research

The research is being funded through the Social Housing Partnership Fund (SHPF) which is administered by Cycling Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Living Streets and SUSTRANS Scotland. Although the funding is from the SHPF, the scope of the research covers all housing tenures, including the owner-occupied and private rented sectors.

This survey is intended to assess the extent to which local authorities and RSLs are addressing the need for residential cycle storage and to seek feedback on what the barriers are to increasing provision and the actions required to overcome these barriers. The final report on the wider research findings will be used by Cycling Scotland in the following ways:

  • to inform Cycling Scotland’s own policy development and that of the active travel sector more widely
  • to influence the development of relevant national policy, including policy initiatives associated with the Scottish Government’s Housing 2040 and the National Planning Framework 4, to take account of the need for residential cycle storage
  • to support the case for the allocation of resources for the provision of residential cycle storage.


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