Cycle parking and security


Secure cycle sheds at stations


Between now and 2017 we will be installing eight brand new bespoke secure cycle hubs at stations across the borough.

These hubs are ideal for local people looking to include cycling as part of their daily commute or who worry about bike theft when shopping locally.

Cycle hub facilities

The new cycle hubs have:
• Key fob entry
• Help points
• Enhanced lighting
• Two tiered user friendly assisted cycle parking racks.

In addition, the hubs will have cycle pumps inside and even more cycle stands nearby, making parking your bike easy and convenient.

Cycle hub locations

Station  Location  Spaces  Opening
Walthamstow Central​ Selborne Road​ 80​ Open
Walthamstow Station Approach 80 Open
Leytonstone​ Church Lane​ 50​ Open
Wood Street​ Junction of Wood Street/Valentine Road​ 28 Open
St James Street​ TBC​ TBC​
Blackhorse Road​ Forest Road​
Leyton​ Where current shed is​ 150​ Open
Lea Bridge Outside station 50 Open


For more information on how to sign up for the cycle sheds please see our Enjoy Waltham Forest website.

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  • Always lock your bicycle when you leave it
  • Try to avoid leaving your bike in isolated places. Leave it where the public can see it. But try not to leave on public display for long periods - even if locked properly
  • Use a bike stand or shed if there is one available
  • Lock your bicycle through the frame using two good locks
  • Secure or remove wheels - secure removable parts; lock both the wheels and the frame together and remove smaller parts and accessories that cannot be secured
  • Lock your bike to an immovable object, such as a bike rack or ground anchors. Thieves can remove drainpipes and lift bikes off signposts
  • Make the lock and bike hard to move when parked. Stop thieves smashing it open by keeping the lock away from the ground. Keep the gap between bike and lock small

By locking the back wheel inside the rear triangle of the bike frame (see picture), you protect the wheel and the frame.

This is the most effective way to use a D lock on a conventional bike. If the lock is long enough try to lock it round the main frame seat tube as well as the wheel. Keeping the lock barrel end on the side of the bike itself, rather than against the parking hoop, reduces the opportunity for thieves to attempt to break the lock using a hammer. For folding bikes ensure you pass the lock through the rear wheel and part of the frame.

  • Take out insurance on your bike, either by extending your home contents insurance or by getting a separate policy. Cycling organisations (such as the London Cycling Campaign and Cyclists’ Touring Club) and bike shops offer specialist cover
  • Have the frame security marked
  • Take a photograph of your bike and keep it safe
  • Make a note of the serial number, make and model and keep it with the photograph of the bike
  • Visit bike register to see bike security marking events or visit to create your own account