New Government policy on providing bike storage in apartment blocks will only encourage more people to cycle if infrastructure is improved on the roads, a leading planner has warned. Joe Corr, president of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI), has said that while welcome, new regulations on providing safe and secure bike-parking facilities will not be enough to prompt use if cyclists do not feel safe on the roads. Others have pointed to failings in providing specific details; while the guidelines encourage the provision of racks and cages, they do not discourage inferior products that do little to prevent thefts. Bike storage has been included in the “Sustainable Urban Housing: Design Standards for New Apartments” document published earlier this month by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
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