Bicycles on the DLR

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3408
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given that the DLR is a relatively modern network, and given your aim of encouraging more and more Londoners to cycle, could the current adaptations of the DLR to extend trains to three carriages not have incorporated measures to allow capacity for bicycles to be carried?

Answer

Answer for Bicycles on the DLR

Answer for Bicycles on the DLR

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The capacity enhancement measures being put in place on the DLR are to meet the forecast passenger demand with three car services being used as appropriate to meet that demand; to seek to include special measures for bicycles would detract from this aim. The system itself, in terms of access, does not lend itself to bicycle use, the rail vehicles are not equipped to handle them and risk assessment indicates that safety factors make it unacceptable for full-sized bikes to be carried on DLR. DLR is investing £300,000 this year on a programme of developing secure and well lit cycle facilities at stations.