The first ever Bikehanger has been installed in Wandsworth, more than three years after a petition was put to the council. 

The council commissioned Cyclehoop to install the Bikehanger, which offers residents in the vicinity a secure place to lock up their bikes, on Kettering Street.

Local resident Jon Irwin said: "I'm delighted that there were no objections to the consultation and the first Bikehangar in Wandsworth is now installed.

"Despite the council taking more than three years to move forward on this and requests to place it closer to my home- they have placed it as far away as possible whilst still being on my street."

Residents who use the Bikehanger, which is a metal cage that accommodates six bicycles, must pay £60 a year to Cyclehoop.  

Mr Irwin is concerned the process of getting the hangers installed takes too long and is convoluted.

He said: "I hope the council might be able to improve the process to engage in a more meaningful way with other residents who might also be interested in using one.

"Unfortunately for me, the bikehangar is too far away from my home to make it a practical daily solution from which I would benefit.

"I hope a few of my neighbours up the other end of the street may be able to take advantage of it instead."

A spokesman for Wandsworth Council said: "This trial is designed to test how well the Bikehangars are used and to find out how local people respond to the scheme.

"Residents of Kettering Street requested the trial was located here.  

"Wandsworth has the fastest growing cycling rate in the country and this is just one of the ways the council is helping local people to embrace pedal power."

Deputy leader of Wandsworth Labour Candida Jones said: "I am delighted that after years of lobbying for Bikehangars in Furzedown, our first bikehangar has finally been installed on Kettering Street, three and a half years after we presented a petition requesting it.

"Just last week I asked the council to investigate installing further bikehangars on council estates in the ward and I hope this process will not take anywhere near as long.

"There is much more the council could be doing to improve conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and indeed motorists in the borough.

"For years Conservative-led Wandsworth declined our requests to consult on a borough-wide 20mph limit, but having finally won that battle we hope that the Council will use the roll-out of the new borough-wide limit this spring as an opportunity to investigate what else it could be doing to make our roads safer."