park that bike largeA pilot project offering businesses and community groups free cycle stands is being extended into 2018 following an overwhelming response.

Funded by Durham County Council and provided by social enterprise ParkThatBike, the scheme will now be extended for a further two years with the aim of providing 400 more stands for premises across the county.

The project was previously launched as a pilot scheme in December 2015 but, after installing 35 stands and generating a substantial waiting list, has now been extended. The aim of the initiative is to help boost business by offering cyclists secure parking as well as encouraging healthier and more environmentally friendly travel.

Arch’s Durham Workspace at Pity Me, just outside Durham City, was one of the companies to benefit from the pilot scheme.

Katie Mason, Assistant Workspace Manager said: “The initiative was designed to improve and promote sustainable transport and economic development within the area and is something that Arch is keen to support. The stands have already proven to be a good facility for both tenants and staff alike by supporting them to live healthier and more active lives.”

With the scheme extended, the council is now encouraging even more County Durham based communities, local businesses, shops, offices, hotels, pubs and places of worship to come forward and apply for their free stands. Applications are welcomed for up to four stands in a range of designs; from classic stands to heart-shaped ones or wall mounted rails to racks combined with planters.