Although there are a number of public places where cyclists can lock up their vehicle under cover or even in cycle racks without a roof, the extent to which health agencies have embraced this idea seems to be rather limited. Despite the substantial and costly reforms imposed on the health sector during the last 4 years and although the current system is built on a foundation of GP practices it is very difficult to know how to engage with them in a coherent manner on matters of their own best practice. The Clinical Commissioning Groups which are the networks of GPs that commission services on behalf of their member practices are even more conscious that their members are independent businesses than seemed to be the case with the previous Primary Care Trusts.
It doesn’t seem too hard or unreasonablee to imagine a context in which all health services offered somewhere for cyclists to store their bikes when visiting the practitioner. It is after all health practitioners that encourage us to take more exercise. Surely they could help set an example by ensuring that if we visit their surgery or even outpatient clinics at our local hospital, that we can expect them to provide somewhere for us to lock up our bike! What would the midwifes have to say?