There's quite a lot of cycle parking in King's Lynn town centre, but not all of it is easy to find or safe. I cycle in the town centre a lot and there's so many cycle parks that I sometimes forget some of them, so I made a list:

Rail Station, outside south-west cornerOfficial11 hoopsSigned from cycleway, reputed to be insecure
Rail Station, platform 3Unknown, good?40? racksSome covered by CCTV
St James Car Park, Clough LaneOfficial, stupid6 hoopsInside. £1 lockers. Signed access from Blackfriars Street is a tight Z-bend - I use the disabled car entrance instead
Tower Street, at Majestic CinemaOfficial, stupid12? hoopsCycling prohibited at south end of Tower Street (but motor vehicles allowed sometimes) and Tower Street is one-way (but unmarked here, so remember when leaving), so access from Sedgeford Lane only? What a mess!
Bus Station, by Albion Street Taxi RankOfficial, good11 hoopsAccess over drop kerb from bus station, exit over drop kerb to Albion Street
Bus Station, by Sainsbury'sOfficial, stupid12? hoopsCovered but new high kerb obstructs access
St Dominic's Square, by Sainsbury'sOfficial, stupid6? hoopsCycling prohibited here
Broad Street, at Norfolk StreetOfficial, stupid8? hoopsInside a one-way street that dead-ends into a pedestrian zone. Signs (and probably road rules) in a mess.
Tuesday Market Place, opp Globe HotelOfficial6 hoopsBy pubs, often with broken glass
Tuesday Market Place, by LTSBOfficial, good4? hurdlesRecent addition
Surrey Street, by HSBCUnofficial2 street name signsBeyond a "cyclists dismount" but not in the pedestrian zone
Chapel Street, in Surrey YardOfficial, good3 hoopsNeed attention
Chapel Street, at King's CourtOfficial, good3 hoopsOff-road, under overhang outside BCKLWN offices
Austin Street, at Juniper HouseOfficial3 hurdlesAlongside path
King Street, opp Custom HouseOfficial4? hoops-
Purfleet Street, opp AmusementsOfficial, stupid12? hoopsBeyond a "cyclists dismount" but not in the pedestrian zone
High Street, outside DebenhamsOfficial, stupid12? hoopsIn the pedestrian zone, but maybe accessible from Union Lane
Baker Lane, off Queen StreetOfficial6? hoopsIn a car park. Avoid the one-way system and cobbles with footpath exits northbound over Purfleet or eastbound across High Street to Union Lane
County Court, off Queen StreetOfficial3 ringsHard to spot, beside the door in a cobbled street, but handy for town hall meetings
Saturday Market Place, St Margaret's ChurchUnofficialRailingsOverspill from County Court?
Saturday Market Place, opp High StreetOfficial3 hoopsOK but a bit exposed
South Quay, at Hanse HouseOfficial3? hoopsCovered
Library, MillfleetUnofficialRailings-

Current total: 19 official public racks, of which 5 are good (mostly council-maintained racks in the north) and 7 are stupid (mostly in the shopping centre). In 2006, there were 19 racks, with 4 good and 8 stupid.

Most Irritating Problems

  1. Too many of the shopping centre racks are stupidly in places you cannot cycle to;
  2. Very little, well-hidden official parking by the Saturday Market Place;
  3. No decent cycle parking in Vancouver Quarter;
  4. Missing Links - cycle routes between different cycle parking areas are very indirect and/or use busy roads.


All this is just my guess. If I've missed one or made a mistake, please email me.