Brighton Cycle Hub is Cyclepod’s biggest and possibly proudest achievement to date. With a huge 500 space storage facility, security lighting and state of the art entry and exit access technology all provided by us, it is a fantastic addition to Brighton station and the town’s cycling community.
Officially opened on 26th March 2015 by Baroness Kramer, this cycle hub will prove itself to be a priceless asset to the station with the building itself being a multi-use communal area! It’s a project we are very proud to have developed bike storage for which was designed to Southern Rail’s specific needs.
The entire ground floor of the Cycle Hub full of Cyclepod’s Easylift+ Two-Tier storage. Our Two-Tier was the ideal product for this kind of project due to the need to be as space efficient as possible!
Our EasyLift+ was the first in the UK with gas assist upper arms. This makes lifting and lowering the upper arms both easier and safer. Further improvements on other basic two-tier designs found on the market include having the lightweight aluminium arms on casters so cyclists aren’t dragging metal along metal. Once drawn out, the upper arms of the EasyLift+ don’t come crashing down which means they are easy and safe to use.
Combined with all of this, our EasyLift+ is still the only two tier in the UK market whose upper arm reaches all the way to the floor. This means that cyclists are not required to lift their bikes to load them on to the upper tier. Other models require lifting the bike to either knee or even waist height. This might be okay for a super fit cyclist with a carbon fibre bike but to encourage casual users, the unfit or those with little upper body strength or with Dutch style bikes to cycle you need the upper arm to reach the floor.
The bespoke entry and exit system Cyclepods created for this 500 space hub features a swipe card system linked to Southern Rail’s ‘The Key’ card. This one card provides access for commuters to the bike hub and doubles up as their travel card! Cyclepods designed the gate based on the exact needs for Brighton and the design can easily be adapted for use in any hub and in any location.
Other features at the hub include the Repair Station. Each cycle space is numbered so visitors can leave their bike lock keys and space number at the repair station and have their bike serviced while they are out and about!