Cyclepods has just been awarded the first Secured by Design and National Building Approved status for our ‘Lewes’ style Secure Cycle Hub design.
Designing bike storage solutions that are compliant with Secured by Design is of the utmost importance to Cyclepods. We believe that the future of cycling as both a leisure activity and an everyday mode of transport is by keeping bikes safe and giving their owners piece of mind and trust in their bike parking options.
Secured by Design is the only national police accreditation scheme in the UK;
‘’Since 1989 it has focused on the design and security for new & refurbished homes, commercial premises and car parks as well as the acknowledgment of quality security products and crime prevention projects.
Secured by Design combines the principles of designing out crime with effective security standards.
Secured by Design has been proven to reduce burglary and crime rates by up to 75% on new build developments and up to 60% on refurbished developments with research and case studies showcasing the effectiveness of the principles.’’
The main feature of the Lewes style Cycle Hub that has led to its SBD accreditation is the use of laminated glass as cladding and the automatic sliding doors which are again fully glazed glass.
Other additional features of the Hub style are the lighting systems, both internal and external, which are low energy consumption and contained within vandal resistant casing, CCTV systems that monitor all internal activity of the Cycle Hub and is capable of storing data for a minimum of 28 days and finally the Access Control system that operates entry and exits to the Hub and records all user data – essential in the case of vandalism of theft for identification purposes.
There is a second positive impact in creating SBD rated storage that resonates with another of Cyclepods’ core ethics and that is carbon neutrality. Perhaps not something that would immediately occur to most of us, but every time a crime is reported it creates a carbon footprint – Police to drive out to the scene of the crime, time and manpower spent investigating the crime, necessary paperwork to be filled in etc.
An awful lot of work and time goes into every crime reported and so each crime causes an increase in carbon emissions. By preventing the crimes from happening in the first place, you are in fact being environmentally friendly!
Here are a few statistics from Secured by Design to highlight the environmental impact of crime;
– Reported crime and loss and damage associated with crime in England and Wales equates to a staggering 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year – with unrecorded crime taking this to over 6.5 million!
– With 5.6 million tonnes attributed to the consequence of crime (e.g. Car journeys taken for fear of travelling on public transport (or by bike!)) the overall total carbon cost of crime equals more than 12.5million tonnes of CO2. This equates to roughly 2% of the UK’s total CO₂ output…to put things into context – 1 tree growing for 100 years only absorbs one tonne of CO₂ in lifetime.
In 2014-2015 around 400,000 bikes were stolen in England & Wales. That’s at least 400,000 extra car journeys, thousands of extra police hours and reams and reams of paper all caused by bike thefts alone. Cycling is a sustainable method of travelling, and we need to keep it sustainable and safe by ensuring bike owners have security tried and tested storage.