New bike stands are to appear around the streets of Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere over the next few weeks.
A successful trial of the new stands has been carried out at the Hastings District Council building in Lyndon Road and more will now be installed, predominantly around the Hastings CBD and the Havelock North and Flaxmere village centres.
The frame of the bike stand is made of steel, which is covered in a flameproof rubber, recycled from car tyres and is designed to be the same height and length as a real adult bike, to aid secure leaning.
The stands are equipped with four loops, positioned to allow the secure chaining of bike wheels and frames, while the rubber covering prevents paint from being chipped from bikes when they are leaning against them.
iWay Project Manager Owen Mata says “the bike stands are an innovative way of providing security for bikes, while the city gains a stylish sculptured symbol that promotes Hastings as a bike friendly city. I’ve already had several calls from other towns around the country wanting to know where they can get one”
“The new bike stands are to be installed in two phases with the first group of 20 being installed this week. Innovations such as this further cement Hawke’s Bay’s position as the Cycling Capital of New Zealand Mr Mata says.
iWay is a Hastings District Council project which aims to make walking and cycling easy, safe, fun. More information at www.iway.org.nz