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Council claims duff cycle racks are actually ‘public art’

Council claims duff cycle racks are actually 'public art'

Lock up your bikes if you can, says council, but these were only meant to look at A set of bike racks placed too close together to use are in fact a piece of ‘public art’, a council accused of botching the job has claimed.

Residents of Haringey complained via Twitter that the 20 cycle loops outside Turnpike Lane Tube station were useless, as only a few bikes could be locked to them.

But in an e-mail to a local resident, council officer Peter Watson hit back with the surprising response that the bike racks had been “installed not to be used as cycle stands”.

“The works have been implemented to the agreed design as a piece of public art,” he wrote, according to the Evening Standard (link is external) .

However he said that cyclists were welcome to lock their bikes to them if they wanted.

The racks were installed as part of a multi-million-pound scheme to overhaul Wood Green, part of it to improve bike parking facilities.Wood Green resident Craig Brown said: “They are all 90 degrees to the direction they are meant to be in, so rather than getting a bike in each you can only really get three or […]

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