commuters cycling to work in South Tyneside are being given a helping hand by Metro bosses.
Safe cycle storage facilities are being provided at stations.
Secure Streetpods will be sited at all the borough’s 10 stations by the Metro system’s owner, Nexus.
So far, more than 50 pods have been installed at 14 stations, with that total set to rise to 300 at 59 across the system, at or near station entrances.
South Shields, Chichester and Hebburn stations already have the new storage facilties in place.
The rest will follow over the coming weeks, and the only station not set to get one of the new units is Newcastle Airport.
Tobyn Hughes, deputy director-general of Nexus, said: “We are doubling the number of stations with cycle storage to 59 out of 60.
“The new Streetpod design has been chosen in consultation with cycle groups to provide a secure storage point.
“This underlines our commitment to work with cyclists to make it easier to enjoy Metro.”
Coun John McElroy, a keen cyclist and member of Gateshead Council’s cabinet, was one of the first to try out the new pods at the Pelaw interchange.
He said: “It is important that cycling to your local station is simple and safe, as well as a healthy and environmentally-friendly way to travel.
“These new Streetpods are a big improvement in secure storage at Metro stations, and I look forward to seeing them appear across the system in the coming months.”
They will also be installed at five bus stations, including Concord in Washington.
Nexus plans to use cash from the Government’s local sustainable transport fund to introduce secure cycle storage at transport interchanges from next year.
Passengers can already travel on Metro trains with folded bikes, and Nexus bosses say the new storage will make it easier for those with other type of cycle to get around.