Bike Shelters are often an overlooked opportunity to offer a very useful facility for students and faculty.
Although a lot of schools may already have bike storage, this is often nothing more than a small bike rack. This is most likely hidden somewhere out of the way and only has enough space for a few bikes.
The NHS recommends that children get a total of at least one hour of exercise per day. This is the minimum requirement in order to promote a healthy active lifestyle. However, a lot of children today are not meeting this requirement.
Cycling to and from school will increase the amount of exercise that children get each day. Installing Bike Shelters will encourage children to cycle to and from school each day.
Let’s look at some other benefits offered by Bike Shelters installed at schools.
How can Bike Shelters benefit students?
Bikes are valuable items and no one wants to put them at risk of theft. Pupils also don’t want to ride home on a wet seat because their bike has not been sheltered sufficiently. If these are the only options students are presented with, they won’t want to ride their bike to school. Because of this, it may seem like the demand for bike storage is low. If the right bike storage is installed, cycling to school will become more appealing to a lot of students.
It is important to offer quality bike storage to students, allowing them to confidently leave their bikes during the day. Students are often required to travel further than is reasonable to walk to school and a bus pass is a costly solution. This is why it is necessary to provide equipment that encourages students to cycle to school if they can.
Cycling is not only effective transportation but it also has huge health benefits. Riding to and from school is an excellent exercise when compared with the alternative of sitting on a bus daily instead. More student cyclists may also help reduce congestion on the roads around the start and end of the school day. If they are not getting dropped off by their parents or guardians there will be fewer cars on the road. This is more ecologically friendly and reduces the danger to students from excessive traffic.
Types of Bike Shelters for Schools
A bike shelter is intended to act as a covered area for bikes, keeping them safe from bad weather conditions and theft. Although this is a very basic function, it doesn’t mean that all shelters have to be the same or that the cheapest shelter on the market is right for you. It is important to select the right bike storage for your school to ensure that it will be used appropriately.
Here are some of the products that we offer at Bike Dock Solutions:
Our Best-Selling range of BDS Cycle Shelters
First up, based on our best-seller, the BDS Cycle Shelter comes with the best all-round features to suit any environment. Mild steel cycle shelter with bolt-down fixing. Shelter available in a galvanised or polyester powder coated RAL code colour finish. Anti-vandal 3mm clear polycarbonate roof, with optional polycarbonate sides and swing or sliding gates. Comes with optional cycle parking, galvanised bike stands. This Bike shelter can come in a smaller size fitting up to 8 bikes, but it can also fit 120 bikes. This makes it a perfect storage solution in a busy environment such as school. BDS Cycle shelters can also come enclosed, this safeguards bikes from the harsh weather conditions.
Value Cycle Shelters Range
This is an incredibly cost-effective way to kit your school out with quality cycle shelter at the right price.
The Large Wall Mounted Shelter is a single-sided ‘lean-to’ bicycle shelter, it can accommodate up to 10 bikes with The Ramped type bike rack. Or Traditional Sheffield cycle stands are also available for up to 8 bikes. This budget shelter is floor and wall fixed, legs are available for casting in and wall fixing is for bolting only.
The Cardiff Bike Shelter was designed from the ground up to be the best value for money sheltered bike parking on the market. Not compromising on construction quality the frame is fabricated from box section steel tube for rigidity and longevity. This shelter is floor fixed and free-standing, using Sheffield Bike Stands for maximum security bike parking.
Two Tier Bike Shelters
The BDS Two Tier Bike Rack is a pioneering and user-friendly cycle parking system, with excellent space-saving bike storage, superb usability and high value; allowing you to the house twice as many bikes in the same area and space as any standard bike rack.
By installing Tw0-Tier Bike Rack within your school premises, you will be encouraging students to choose a healthier transport method whilst saving space without clutter filled storage. Furthermore, this parking storage solution can also come with a shelter, providing maximised protection against damage caused by rain.
Choosing the Right Bike Shelter
There are several different ways to approach choosing bike shelters for schools. You can select a more basic but complete solution, potentially installing more than one to accommodate more cyclists. You might spend more on a visually impressive bike shelter for a more contemporary appearance with additional protection from the elements. Or you might go all out with a compound which offers up the most security but requires the most maintenance.
For installation advice, contact our Bike Dock Solutions experts today.