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New bike pods combat theft and promote fitness at Boston health club

By Boston Target  |  Posted: June 06, 2012

FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS:  Councillor Stephen Woodliffe locks his bike securely into one of the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex's new cycle pods.

FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS: Councillor Stephen Woodliffe locks his bike securely into one of the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex's new cycle pods.

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IMPROVEMENTS to Boston's Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex continue with the latest addition to aid health, fitness, the environment and security.

The latest police-approved bicycle 'pods' have been installed to encourage visitors to the pools and gym to arrive on two wheels.

One of the first to try out the secure bike pods was Boston Borough Council's bicycling portfolio holder for community safety, councillor Stephen Woodliffe.

He said: "It's much better if more of us cycle as it's healthier and much greener than using the car.

"And, now those arriving at the complex by bicycle can leave them secure, safe in the knowledge that they will still be here when they go to leave."

The pods allow bikes to be locked into them using the owner's own security device.

Within hours of the pods being installed ten bicycle owners were making use of them.

Currently they can accommodate a maximum of 12 bikes but more are on the way to provide secure storage for 20.

The pods can be easily seen by staff working inside the complex and they are also covered by CCTV.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  June 06 2012, 10:17PM

    Looks like a traditional bike rack with a snazzy plastic bit to put your front wheel in. If a bike rack is all that is needed to make us all fitter and more active users of leisure centres, I can't think of why it wasn't done sooner. Tom_Whimpole - having lost various bike parts over the years, I would recommend the lock (or locks) going through both wheels, the frame and a fixed object. Having fixed a bike to the fence outside Putney police station many years ago, I can testify that even this does not prevent some idiot stamping on it.

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  • Bob_Major  |  June 06 2012, 8:27PM

    These will keep the rain off yer two-wheel-inconvenience-to-proper-road-users....

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  • Tom_Whimpole  |  June 06 2012, 8:13PM

    Shouldn't the lock go through the loop, frame and back wheel?

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  • InsideStory  |  June 06 2012, 7:33PM

    No mention how much these are costing but it might be a good idea to charge for the use of these to claw back the outlay and use the income to purchase more.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  June 06 2012, 2:56PM

    They allow you to secure both wheels and the frame with one lock.

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  • VictorToo  |  June 06 2012, 12:02PM

    So what makes these pods any more secure than the normal metal hoops that you chain your bike to ?

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