17 May, 2006 - 13:02 By Staff Reporter

Norfolk bike security firm at heart of new London initiative

A Norwich bicycle security business is at the heart of plans to create a network of hi-tech bike parks at mainline railway stations in London.A Norwich bicycle security business is at the heart of plans to create a network of hi-tech bike parks at mainline railway stations in London.

Sekura-Byk Limited has won a major contract to supply and install security equipment in a new 125-space bike park at the Finsbury Park tube, rail and bus interchange. The firm will also manage and maintain the facility for an initial two-year period.

Software advances mean the facility can be operated remotely from Norwich.

The legal aspects of the deal with Transport for London (TFL) were handled on Sekura-Byk’s behalf by law firm Mills & Reeve, which also finalised separate agreements with the Belgian software firm whose technology will be used to run the bike park.

The smartcard-operated Finsbury Park facility could mark the start of a major expansion in Sekura-Byk’s business.

TFL is seeking to reduce congestion and pollution by increasing cycle use in London by up to 200 per cent by 2020.

Sekura-Byk director Shireen Naghshineh said: “Transport for London would like to have these bike parks at train stations all around the city.

“We are very much hoping to be involved in major schemes at King’s Cross, Waterloo & London Bridge stations and to feature in various transport projects ahead of the Olympics in 2012.”

Sekura-Byk is the sister company of Norwich-based RCP Parking Ltd. (RCP), which operates 49 car parks around the UK, and Targetfollow Estates.

Sekura-Byk was launched alongside RCP by Shapoor Naghshineh – brother of Shireen – in 1995.

The business initially specialised in security equipment such as cycle and motorcycle locks and stands, but in 2003 it made its first major move into the budding market for London bike parks when the Sekura-Byk system was used to equip a new automated facility at Waltham-stow Central.

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