The first of 100 new bike sheds hit the streets.

A total of 20 are being placed in Brighton and Hove to provide secure storage for people who regularly cycle for work, exercise or leisure over the next two weeks as part of a phased roll-out.

Each shed is about the size of a parking space and can hold up to six bikes. They can be reconfigured to include adapted bikes and cargo bikes.

The first 20 are being installed in: Stanford Avenue; King’s Road (two); Cleveland Road (two); Scottish Street; Queens Park Road (two); Hamilton Road; Crescent Terrace Park; Hythe Road (three); Belgrave Street; Coventry Street (two); Cobden Road (two); Which place ; Sainte-Catherine terrace.

The hangar locations were selected based on thousands of responses received in an online survey last year.

Suggested routes were then scored on a matrix that took into account current storage availability, propensity to cycle, and levels of bike theft in the area.

Funds were allocated for the purchase, installation, management and maintenance of the sheds at a full council meeting in February last year.

Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee Co-Chair Steve Davis and Councilor Jamie Lloyd visited Queen’s Park Road to see where one of the first sheds stood.

Councilor Davis said: ‘It’s really a game-changer for a lot of people who want to cycle more but just can’t because they don’t have the storage space.

“We saw in the response to our survey last year that residents really want them.

“With so many people living in shared accommodation, apartments or houses where storage space is limited, it can be difficult for many people to find space to safely store their bikes.”

“We know that if we want more people to travel actively and sustainably, we need to provide them with the right infrastructure.

“Bike sheds are a really good incentive for people to travel more by bike because it means they don’t have to have it sitting in their hallway or carrying it up multiple flights of stairs.”

Anyone can request a place in a hangar as long as you live nearby and there is room.

Each space will cost around £1 per week with the option to pay for spaces for three, six or 12 months at a time.

Residents were asked to complete a survey last year asking if they would be interested in having a bike shed on their street.

Those who completed it and left an email address were given the opportunity to apply for a space on a first-come/first-served basis. These have now been assigned by the operator Falco.

Residents who wish to apply for space can email [email protected] or call 01538 380080.