Leicester bike park reopens after major refurbishment

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Leicester city centre's bike park has reopened under new management, after a year-long scheme of refurbishment.

The secure site, under Leicester's Town Hall, cost £200,000 to overhaul and now has improved showers, lockers and a bike shop.

Future Cycles, a local cycling organisation, has taken over the lease and day-to-day running of the site.

The bike park has 110 secure parking spaces and a cycle hire scheme will begin in the next few weeks.

Councillor Rory Palmer, deputy city mayor responsible for transport and climate change, said: "Leicester has seen the number of people cycling more than double in the last five years.

"This is just one part of a wide range of activities and measures we have planned to encourage more people to choose sustainable transport."

The project was jointly funded between Leicester City Council and the Department for Transport.

Tim Hudson, director of Future Cycles, added: "The refurbishment has helped create a fantastic facility and we are looking forward to welcoming even more people as they realise that bikes can be a cheap, healthy and fun way of getting into the city centre."

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