Luxury underground bike vault with showers and lockers opens in Bloomsbury

Midtown Cycle Vault aims to boost cycling in central London

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Team GB track cyclist and Olympic gold medal winner Joanna Rowsell in the new Midtown Cycle Vault

A state-of-the-art cycle storage facility with space for 100 bikes has opened in Bloomsbury Square.

The vault is the first of its kind in London, and boasts secure access, CCTV, lockers, showers, and work space and tools for servicing bicycles.

Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Joanna Rowsell MBE launched the new facilities, which are part of Get Pumped - a campaign from inmidtown, the business improvement district representing over 300 businesses in Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Rowsell.

The organisation is calling on businesses to encourage employees to cycle in a bid to increase efficiency at work and improve the area by reducing congestion.

Speaking at the launch, Rowsell said: “Londoners are so passionate about cycling and inmidtown’s Get Pumped initiative will give commuters confidence to get fit and prep for the work day ahead.

“Walking through the Midtown Cycle Vault, you can really see that it has been designed with safety and convenience in mind. The vault offers those getting into work the flexibility and space to get ready. Having facilities with showers and lockers available to employees whose businesses simply don’t have the space is a great solution to encourage more cyclists to get on the road.”

Tass Mavrogortado, chief executive, inmidtown, said: “Midtown boasts the highest density of professionals who commute to work. Our research tells us that the number of Londoners commuting to work has doubled in the past ten years; cycle use grew by 10% last year and is forecast to grow by 12% over the next financial year.

“Our inmidtown Get Pumped campaign and the building of the Midtown Cycle Vault is part of our goal to make Midtown the best business area in London for cycling.”

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TfL’s head of strategy and outcome planning, Lilli Matson, said: “We are delighted to have played a part in the creation of this exciting cycle vault in Midtown, which will be a fantastic facility for cyclists in the area. Cycle safety in London is a top priority for us. With cycling in the capital growing rapidly, business initiatives such as this have our utmost support through our Cycling Workplace programme and other funding schemes.”

Local business

Local businesses have applauded the introduction of the new facilities. The International Rescue Committee’s corporate new business manager Anna Crofts said to LondonLovesBusiness that the bike vault was “obviously really great”.

She added: “For me, the primary concern when I ride my bike to work, is that we work in quite a busy area and it’s known for lots of bike thefts, so I don’t feel that comfortable about locking my bike up by the side of the road. So having somewhere safe to lock it up where there’s CCTV and a fob to get in and out is a lot more useful. It means I don’t have to worry when I’m at my desk, ‘oh is my bike safe’.”

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