Cycle Hire Scheme (9)

MQT on 2010-09-15
Session date: 
September 15, 2010
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What criteria will you use when deciding where the next docking stations are located? Will priority be given to places not served by the tube?


Answer for Cycle Hire Scheme (9)

Answer for Cycle Hire Scheme (9)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is studying ways of expanding Barclays Cycle Hire to benefit more Londoners and visitors to London. One of the basic premises of the scheme is that a dense network of docking stations needs to be in place throughout the cycle hire zone, as users rely on the expectation that there will be a docking station close to their desired origin/destination. Therefore, areas with no tube stations could not be incorporated in isolation to the rest of the network but rather the entire area would need to be covered by cycle hire. Although it is a valuable addition to London's transport modes, cycle hire cannot substitute the Tube altogether, due to the fact that it is specifically designed to serve short trips.

In addition, TfL has been working closely with its delivery partners (the nine central London boroughs and the Royal Parks) in order to find additional docking stations for the Barclays Cycle Hire network, particularly where they have previously been refused planning permission.

TfL is also responding to lessons learnt from the operation of the scheme, by prioritising areas of high demand and gaps in the network, which have usually resulted from a previous planning refusal. All locations are chosen in consultation with the delivery partners.