Croydon Tramlink

Meeting: 
MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Reference: 
2002/0193
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What action do you see as possible to promote cyclists being able to take their bikes on the Croydon Tramlink ?

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Answer

Answer for Croydon Tramlink

Answer for Croydon Tramlink

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London wants to facilitate journeys that involve both trams and cycling. Storage facilities for bikes are provided at the majority of tram stops and the use of these facilities should certainly be promoted. I would also encourage the Concessionaire to upgrade these facilities where appropriate.However, there are no plans to allow unfolded bicycles on the trams and the published byelaws prohibit their carriage (unless folded). This is because:· Tramlink is a high capacity system with frequent stops. For many trips, the journey lengths are optimal for cycling as an alternative, rather than complementary, mode.· There is a significant risk that bikes would be stored in the doorways or isles leading to delays at tram stops and reduced reliability. Also, measures would be needed to protect areas set aside for mobility impaired users. · The carriage of bikes would require the provision of special, secure storage facilities to minimise the risk of bikes falling and causing injury or damage during acceleration / braking. Such provision would reduce passenger capacity and require the removal of seats, making the service less attractive. Please also refer to TfL Light Transit Position Paper number 11 " `Cycles on Transit" (attached as Appendix D1 - www.london.gov.uk) .