Bike hire

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why has London failed to set up a comprehensive bike hire scheme in time for the summer, whilst in contrast, Paris have now introduced a large scale scheme involving 1,420 hiring spots, with a total of 14,000 bicycles?


Answer for Bike hire

Answer for Bike hire

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London has focused its resources on removing, or mitigating barriers to the development of cycling and increasing the effectiveness of existing resources. Unlike Paris, there is limited scope for a scheme to be financed through on-street advertising in London, as this is a function of the boroughs and not TfL. The complexities of London's governance and the competing demands for space add further to the need for careful planning and negotiation. TfL is working closely with Central London boroughs to explore the feasibility of such a scheme. I am advised that the Paris scheme has stalled following a complaint of procedural irregularity from an unsuccessful bidder.