17 April 2010

London cycle parking: naked truth

We're fans of innovative and simple ways of adding cycle parking to London's crowded streets, such as the cyclehoop and the Plantlock.

So we were very pleased to find that this nude statue - part of a set stylishly adorning a courtyard fountain of Shad Thames, right by Tower Bridge - is a convenient device to lock your bike to, as you enjoy a cake or coffee in one of the court's cafes.

(It's not the first instance of naked sculpture serving as a cycle rack, as Antony Gormley's unclothed self-images proved on Waterloo Bridge in 2007.)

We'd like to see more such artistic and inventive bike parking round the capital. Well, for all those councils that turn down conventional racks because residents think it'll lower the tone, it's worth a try.

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