Chiswick and Brentford first areas to get e-bike parking bays

Image above: Lime Bikes parked in Chiswick

Chiswick and Brentford first areas to get experimental e-bike parking bays

Hounslow Council has announced the beginning of a trial authorising the introduction of e-bike parking bays in selected roads in Brentford and Chiswick.

The trial is part of a broader initiative to implement a borough-wide dockless e-bike scheme. The council’s order, effective from Monday 5 June, will introduce e-bike parking bays in various locations and modify existing parking bays and waiting restrictions to accommodate e-bikes. The trial aims to introduce approximately 300 dedicated e-bike bays across the borough, enabling residents and visitors to hire e-bikes conveniently.

E-bikes are an easy way for people to get around, but the existing schemes have been criticised for the way the rental bikes are dumped, sometimes causing obstruction.

The Council wants a more structured scheme to minimise nuisance of badly parked e-bikes. According to information available on the Council’s website, once the scheme is implemented, e-bikes will only be permitted to park in designated e-bike bays. The majority of these bays will be situated in existing carriageway parking areas, with a smaller number designated on footways ‘where suitable’.

LB Hounslow say the primary goal is to give the Council greater control over e-bike parking locations and reduce their impact on other highway users.

Currently, Lime e-bikes operate in the borough, but this is an independent operation not conducted in partnership with the Council. Local authorities currently lack the authority to prevent operators from deploying free-floating e-bike fleets in their jurisdictions. The Government is working on a Transport Bill to address this issue, expected to be implemented around 2025.

Until then, boroughs must devise effective regulations, often involving the creation of dedicated bays, which operators are then obligated to use through an agreement with the council.

Image above: Lime Bikes parked in bays in Hammersmith and Fulham

Rollout to rest of the borough set for August

Under Hounslow’s e-bike scheme, any operators participating in the Council’s program will be required to utilise the designated e-bike bays. The scheme will be implemented in three phases, with Brentford and Chiswick as the initial areas. Phase 2 will expand the scheme to the Isleworth, Hounslow, and Osterley regions in July, followed by Phase 3 encompassing the Bedfont, Cranford, Feltham, Hanworth, and Heston areas in August 2023.

On completion of the scheme, the trial will run for six months, with a potential six-month extension if necessary. The Council has provided a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and a list of locations on its website to offer further information about the trial. Interested individuals can access documents related to the order mentioned in this article by visiting hounslow.gov.uk and searching for “traffic notices.”

If the provisions of the order remain in effect for at least six months, the council will evaluate whether to continue the experimental Order indefinitely through a permanent order.

Image above: Map showing e-bike parking locations

E-bike parking bay locations in Chiswick

Chiswick Gunnersbury Ward

  • Alwyn Avenue: Adjacent to No. 22 Sutton Court Road – 8 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Cambridge Road North: Adjacent to No. 455 Chiswick High Road – 7.5 metres (4 metres of motorcycle bay & 3.5 metres of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Chiswick Common Road (1): West of the junction with Fishers Lane, adjacent to play area – 7 metres (of pay to park bay)
  • Chiswick Common Road (2): Opposite No. 37 Windmill Road – 7 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Chiswick High Road: Footway east of the access to Gunnersbury Tube Station – 7 metres (of footway)
  • Dolman Road: Footway opposite the junction with Kirton Close – 9.5 metres (of footway)
  • Dukes Avenue: Outside No. 2 Dukes Avenue – 7 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Glebe Street: Adjacent to No. 19 Devonshire Road – 7 metres (of single yellow line)
  • Grosvenor Road: Outside No. 24 Grosvenor Road, west of the junction with Harvard Road – 7 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Harvard Road: South of the junction with Wellesley Road, adjacent to Belgrave Lodge – 9.5 metres (of resident permit bay)
  • Heathfield Gardens: Opposite No. 50 Heathfield Gardens – 7 metres (of resident permit bay)
  • Heathfield Terrace: Heathfield Terrace service road, east of the junction with Horticultural Place – 9.5 metres (6 metres of pay to park bay & 3.5 metres of single yellow line)
  • Marlborough Road: Adjacent to No. 367 Chiswick High Road – 7 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Popes Lane: Footway at the junction with Gunnersbury Avenue (A406) – 6 metres (of footway)
  • Power Road: Adjacent to No. 250 Gunnersbury Avenue (opposite Volvo showroom) – 7 metres (5 metres of permit / pay to park bay & 2 metres of double yellow line)
  • Princes Avenue: Adjacent to No. 59 The Ridgeway – 7 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Reckitt Road: Outside No. 47 Reckitt Road – 7 metres (of single yellow line)
  • Wavendon Avenue: Adjacent to No. 47 Dukes Avenue – 7.5 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)

Chiswick Homefields ward

  • Balfern Grove: Adjacent to No. 58 Chiswick Lane, 7 metres (4 metres of permit / pay to park bay & 3 metres of double yellow line)
  • Bolton Road: Adjacent to Mulberry House, Cavendish Road, 9.5 metres (of resident permit bay)
  • Chiswick Lane: South Opposite the junction with Netheravon Road South, 7 metres (of resident permit bay)
  • Coombe Road: Adjacent to No. 90 Devonshire Road, 7 metres (of resident permit bay)
  • Corney Road: Opposite No. 46 Corney Road, 7 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Cranbrook Road: Opposite No. 2 Cranbrook Road, 9.5 metres (of single yellow line)
  • Edensor Gardens: Adjacent to Chiswick Pool, 9.5 metres (of unrestricted carriageway)
  • Gainsborough Road: Adjacent to No. 60 Bath Road, 7 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Grantham Road: Opposite No. 23 Grantham Road, 7 metres (of unrestricted carriageway)
  • Hartington Road: Outside Nos. 1-7 The Lindens, 7 metres (of resident permit bay)
  • Homefield Road: Adjacent to No. 65 Chiswick High Road, 8 metres (of resident permit bay)
  • Kinnaird Avenue: Adjacent to No. 54 Hartington Road, 7 metres (of permit parking area)
  • Netheravon Road: Adjacent to No. 29 Chiswick High Road, 7 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Prebend Gardens: Opposite No. 35 Prebend Gardens, 9 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Priory Avenue: East of the junction with Woodstock Road, adjacent to church, 8 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Pumping Station Road: Opposite No. 24 Pumping Station Road, 7 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)
  • Spencer Road: Opposite No. 4 Spencer Road, 7 metres (of resident permit bay)
  • Stamford Brook Avenue: Opposite the junction with Stamford Brook Gardens, 9.5 metres (of single yellow line)
  • Staveley Gardens: Adjacent to No. 4 Staveley Gardens, 7 metres (of unrestricted carriageway)
  • Staveley Road: Outside No. 44 Staveley Road, 9 metres (of resident permit bay)
  • Thornton Avenue: Adjacent to No. 90 Turnham Green Terrace, 7 metres (of permit / pay to park bay)

Chiswick Riverside ward

  • Brooks Lane: Adjacent to No. 27 Geraldine Road, 9 metres (permit parking area)
  • Brooks Road: Opposite No. 15 Brooks Road, 7 metres (single yellow line)
  • Clarence Road: Adjacent to No. 61 Wellesley Road, 7 metres (3 metres of motorcycle bay & 4 metres of permit/pay to park bay)
  • Ernest Gardens: Adjacent to No. 54 Magnolia Road, 7 metres (permit parking area)
  • Gordon Road: Opposite Nos. 2 & 4 Gordon Road, 7 metres (resident permit bay)
  • Grove Park Gardens: Opposite No. 3 Grove Park Gardens, 7 metres (resident permit bay)
  • Grove Park Terrace: Opposite Nos. 1-11 Sutton Court Mansions, Grove Park Terrace, 9.5 metres (resident permit bay)
  • Hazledene Road: Adjacent to No. 76 Hazledene Road, 7 metres (permit parking area)
  • Lawford Road: Adjacent to No. 152 Sutton Court Road, 9.5 metres (resident permit bay)
  • Park Road: Opposite No. 66 Park Road, 7 metres (resident permit bay)
  • Riverview Road: Adjacent to No. 93 Grove Park Road, 7 metres (permit parking area)
  • Staveley Road: Adjacent to No. 122 Sutton Court Road, 7 metres (resident permit bay)
  • Stile Hall Gardens: Opposite No. 1 Stile Hall Gardens, 8 metres (single yellow line)
  • Strand on the Green (1): Opposite No. 104 Strand on the Green, 7 metres (permit holders bay)
  • Strand on the Green (2): Opposite, and to the west of, the junction with Pyrmont Road, 7 metres (permit/pay to park bay)
  • Sutton Court Road: Opposite No. 196 Sutton Court Road, 9.5 metres (permit/pay to park bay)
  • Sutton Lane South: Opposite No. 26 Sutton Lane South, 7 metres (5 metres of resident permit bay & 2 metres of double yellow line)

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