Cyclists in the United Nations can pay up to £107 per year for bike hangar use despite taking up significantly less space than drivers. The cost of storing a bike in a hangar in some parts of London is five times that of a car parking permit. Only six boroughs provide bike storage for less than or equal to the cost of a permit, while 10 boroughs provide free parking for electric vehicles. The pricing disparity, according to Simon Munk of the London Cycling Campaign, is “discouraging” cycling in the capital. Londoners put their bicycles in unexpected places around their homes as part of the #ThisIsAwkward campaign, which began in March.

Electric vehicle owners can acquire a free parking permit in as many as ten boroughs due to their low emissions. With electric vehicle permits costing only £25 and other autos costing as little as £30, Islington Council has the highest bike hangar rental fee in London, at £107 per year. According to Oliver Lord of the Clean Cities Campaign, Islington Council is not doing enough to encourage cycling. Bike parking, according to Mr. Lord, should never be more expensive than automobile parking. Mr. Lord urged local governments to rethink their car permit policies.