Photo by Beth Crockatt Photography
Update as of 3rd September 2020 regarding VU Cycle Park:
As of today on 3rd September we will be winding down VU Cycle Park to focus all of our energy into VU Bar and working on getting a live music programme back into the venue. The Cycle Park was an extremely well received idea, and we thank you for all of your encouragement and support, however the commuter level in the city is still not as we anticipated with many offices continuing to work from home. Due to demand we are still open for Ride Clean appointments on Wednesdays 09:00-15:00, which can be booked here and accessed via our Holywell Lane entrance. Our opening hours will now be Thursday 17:00 – 23:00, Friday and Saturday 17:00 – 00:00 for VU bar and riders are welcome to store their bike with us when joining us for a drink or Yard Sale Pizza. By supporting VU Bar you will also be supporting the future of Village Underground and our venue up the road in Dalston, Evolutionary Arts Hackney (EartH) as we navigate through these difficult times.
Introducing VU Cycle Park
Secure bicycle storage ● Business Packages available ● Bottle shop
In order to utilise our incredible converted warehouse, we will be opening the doors to VU Cycle Park on Monday 20th July.
While music venues, night clubs and concert halls remain unable to operate as usual under the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions, the team at Village Underground (VU) in Shoreditch and Evolutionary Arts Hackney (EartH) in Dalston have devised a new way of utilising VU’s converted Victorian warehouse: by temporarily turning the space into secure storage for bicycles.
We can hold over 400 bicycles at any given time:
– £5 per day, per bike
– Hourly rates also available – see further price details below
– Monday and Tuesday CLOSED, Wednesday and Thursday open 09:00-22:00, Friday and Saturday open 09:00-00:00 and Sunday open 12:00-20:00.
– Corporate packages are available – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
– Ride Clean will be offering professional cleaning and health checks to bicycles every Wednesday from 09:00-15:00.
Our Cycle Park will be accessible via our Great Eastern Street entrance (look out for the ‘Let’s Adore and Endure Each Other’ sign) to enable proper social distancing measures. The venue is staffed at all time and your bicycle will be stored indoors, away from the risk of bad weather. All staff will be wearing necessary PPE, undertaking regular hand washing and sanitary procedures. Simply drop off your bike and pick it up when you’re ready.
We will also be selling a range of IPAs, beers, wines and spirits from the VU bar to take home with you.
Our Cycle Park is a temporary measure, and naturally, we can’t wait to welcome you all back into our venue again for unforgettable gigs, life-affirming club nights and everything in between. But for now, by supporting our Cycle Park, you will also be supporting the future of Village Underground.
This also means we may alter how our Cycle Park works in the coming weeks, as we trial this new project. We’re aiming to make it as smooth an operation as possible, and we’ll also be improving it as we go, so please be patient with us and our team.
All profits from the Cycle Park will go towards helping VU and EartH survive through to when we can open again. Whether you choose to park your bike with us, purchase something from our bottle shop or just pass on this email to a friend – we need your help to make sure VU and EartH can operate in the future.
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£1 per hour (until 18:00)
£1.50 per hour (from 18:00)
£5 cap per day (before 18:00)
£7 cap per day (when picking up after 18:00)
£25 per week, Weds-Sun. Email email@example.com for more details.
– How secure is the Cycle Park?
One doorway will be open into the venue and it will be staffed at all times. Customers will be able to provide a lock if they wish.
– Is the VU Cycle Park an indoor facility?
Our warehouse is completely indoors so your bike will be sheltered from the weather at all times.
– Where do I drop off my bike?
To enable social distancing, we are opening up our rear exit door – on Great Eastern Street. The address is 8 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3NT – you’ll see us out front when you get here.
– How do I access the storage?
All bicycles are to be dropped off at our rear exit door, where our staff will then store your bike away. You are welcome to provide a lock for us, and we can give you your key once it is secure. To enable social distancing, no customers or members of the public will be able to come inside the building.
– How do I pay?
Individuals can simply pay on card or contactless when they come to collect their bike. Subscribers or corporate bookings will be dealt with over email.
– Can I book multiple or long term spaces?
Absolutely! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll take it from there.
– Am I able to store my tandem/ cargo bike / non-standard bicycle?
We’ll make every endeavour to store them, but we may need to check we can fit them inside. Please contact email@example.com with measurements of your bicycle so we can confirm this for you.
– Do I need to sign up to use the service?
No – think of it as pay as you go, with a daily cap. However, if you wish to save and become a subscriber, drop firstname.lastname@example.org an email.
All staff will be wearing necessary PPE and undertaking regular hand washing. Antibacterial gel and paper towels will be available at all times.
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. Please do not use the Cycle Park if you have shown any symptoms of coronavirus in the last 14 days.
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