More security for bikes
The need for visibility and security in cycle parking has increased with the growth of electric bicycles, due to their cost and also possibility of battery theft. Visibility helps with security, also making the racks (or hoop or whatever) easy to find and for cyclists not to feel they are being hidden away on purpose. See our blog on ‘Why more bike racks in Malvern?‘ for more background.
The Town Council has been working on installing more bike racks around Malvern – not sure if there are any more in the pipeline after summer 2022. Do you have suggestions for improvements, new facilities to encourage/improve cycling, etc? Get in touch (contact form) or join the Facebook group.
Racks around Malvern
All the currently available cycle parking that we know about as at Nov. 2022. Info regularly updated, originally collected in 2008 (to inform the county council’s local Walking and Cycling Map). Suggestions for updates and additions to this information welcome.
Photos for many of these are in a Flickr album: Cycle facilities in Malvern, along with the odd local cycle route.
- Malvern Link train station. On Hereford (ticket office) platform: capacity 18, gutter type, covered, just beyond the foot bridge. Worcester/London platform (ramp access from Osborne Road): capacity 7 maximum, Sheffield stand type, covered, attached to waiting room (racks too close together and obstructions).
- Community Hospital, Worcester Road. Capacity 12 , covered, straight ahead from the car park’s lifting barriers (14 racks but rear row is effectively unusable).
- Worcester Road near pedestrian lights, in between Wool Shack and bookshop. Capacity 2 or 3, Sheffield stand variant (placed too close to planters for full use).
- NEW Next to St Richards Hospice shop, Hampden Road, off Worcester Road. Capacity 2, Sheffield rack.
- Corner of Worcester Road/Richmond Road (Platinum estate agents). Capacity 2 or 3, Sheffield stand type (too close to brick planters for full use, often blocked by parked cars).
- NEW SunBeans, 4 Richmond Road. PlantLock stands – green planters, capacity 2 (perhaps rather too close to outdoor tables).
- Co-op supermarket, Worcester Road. Capacity 10, Sheffield racks, near store entrance – access via lobby from Worcester Road or via car park at rear (not obvious from Worcester Road). Photo below.
- Lidl supermarket, Worcester Road. Wheel holder type by store entrance – at Oct. 2020 these have either disappeared or been buried under trolleys etc.
- Clarence Park, Worcester Road – Gloucester Close entrance: 3 racks, covered. Similar at Worcester Road side?
- Duke of Edinburgh Way play area. Capacity 10? – 6 non-standard racks.
- Malvern Retail Park – no info on their website. However:
- Morrisons supermarket. Two sets of Sheffield stands – by bus stop: capacity 10? (a little close together), near entrance: capacity 6.
- Halfords. Capacity 8, Sheffield racks either side of entrance, covered.
- Anytime Fitness/side of Just for Pets, 3 wheel holders.
- Whiteacres Medical Centre, Maple Road – 5 Sheffield racks, plus 6 more at adjacent Little Oaks Nursery. Both lots OK but set half a metre further back than ideal (against planting/fence).
- B&Q, Spring Lane. Capacity 12, Sheffield racks, covered but not bolted to the ground.
- Victoria Park, Pickersleigh Road, car park near Victoria Park Road. Capacity 12, Sheffield racks.
Malvern Vale Community Centre. Capacity 6, Sheffield rack variation.
Co-op, Upper Howsell Road. Capacity about 4?, Sheffield rack.
- Waitrose supermarket, Edith Walk, car park side of store. Capacity 12 (when not shared with motorbikes), Sheffield racks under cover.
- Library, Graham Road. Capacity 6, Sheffield racks.
- Next to opticians, Broads Bank/Graham Road, Capacity 4, Sheffield racks. New 2022.
- Rear of public car park, Grange Road (between Connells estate agents and Coach House theatre). Capacity 12, Sheffield racks. Nearest cycle parking to Malvern Theatres. Sign claims CCTV coverage but not sure this is accurate.
- Malvern Hills Trust. 2 wheelholders by rear (ramp) access to offices.
- Baptist Church, Abbey Road WR14 3HG. 3 Sheffield racks, by meeting room entrance.
- Council House, Avenue Road. Capacity 8, Sheffield racks.
- The Splash leisure centre, Priory Road. Capacity 4, wheelholders, by entrance.
- Faun, 31-33 Worcester Road, has rings on its large planters for customers to use.
- Sling Lane Playing Fields – some racks, details needed.
- Malvern Cube, Albert Road North, WR14 2YH. Capacity 6 at a squeeze, small Sheffield racks.
- Manor Park Sports Club, Albert Road North, WR14 2TL. Capacity 2? – rather squashed rack.
- Great Malvern train station, Imperial Road. Capacity 8, Sheffield racks, covered, plus 6 cycle lockers (photo below).
- Prospect View Health Centre, Pickersleigh Road. Capacity 16? – eight Sheffield rack variants.
- Malvern Evangelical Church, Pickersleigh Road WR14 2QX. Capacity 8.
Near bus shelter on roundabout, new (2022) Sheffield racks rather close to a holly bush, capacity 4 at a pinch.
Possible locking points (e.g. railings) in car park on corner of Geraldine Road, as per comment below.
Malvern Wells & Three Counties Showground
St Wulstans Nature Reserve, St Wulstans Drive. One lonely Sheffield rack.
Three Counties Showground has sets of rack – rather basic? – at both North and South gates.
On the Hills
See MalvernTrail for info.
Village Hall, Mill Lane. A couple of racks rather tucked away to the side of the entrance nearest the road.
Moreso cafe, Walwyn Road. At the front, a horizontal pole for hanging bikes by their saddles!
Schools, College info
We would be grateful for further information here.
From The Chase School Travel Plan 2008:
- Bike bar at front of school, which holds approximately 60 bicycles.
- Bike shelter next to Astroturf which holds up to 40 bicycles.
- Lockers for helmets.
Malvern Hills College, Albert Road North. Nothing – there is space for several racks.
Little knowledge of current facilities around the various business centres. Definitely something which ought to be included in any review of local provision. Places to consider include, at autumn 2020:
- Enigma Business Park, Sandy’s Road. Two sets of covered racks at Automated Packaging Systems, capacity up to 8 each.
- Link Business Centre
- Malvern Hills Science Park Open Street Map shows cycle parking symbol.
- Spring Lane industrial area.
There are racks at Qinetiq.
Wyche Innovation Centre/Geo Centre has a set of 6 racks at the cafe entrance, and another 6 tucked away in the corner with the compost bins.
Not quite getting there Cycle parking at Worcestershire Parkway.