Cycle Hire bikes on pavements

MQT on 2011-05-18
Session date: 
May 18, 2011
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have been contacted by a Londoner who recently encountered a number of people using Barclays Hire bikes, and riding them on the pavement on Tower Bridge. This was during a busy Sunday afternoon and these cyclists were impeding pedestrians attempting to walk on the footpath, including a number of families with small children. I support the cycle hire scheme but this does not give a good impression of it - is there any measures which could be taken to ensure people choosing to use the hire bikes do so in a safe and appropriate manner?


Answer for Cycle Hire bikes on pavements

Answer for Cycle Hire bikes on pavements

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written answer received on 6 June 2011:

A series of operations are planned using education and enforcement to bring about a change in the behaviour of the minority of cyclists who disobey the rules of the road and to encourage safer, more considerate cycling. This will complement other activities to encourage responsible and respectful behaviour from all road users. In addition, TfL has produced a short animated video which is available to view at The MPS Cycle Task Force will continue to address the issue of anti-social road user behaviour, and they will work with borough Safer Transport Teams and the MPS Safer Neighbourhood team continue to undertake numerous local operations to target key problem areas and junctions.

We also invested a record £3 million in cycle training last year for Londoners of all ages in which cyclists learn more about staying safe on London's roads and being aware of other road users.

We believe that the vast majority of users will ride responsibly and get the greatest possible benefit from the scheme. However, under certain circumstances it will be possible to suspend a user from the scheme if it has been shown that they have been deliberately cycling dangerously. Furthermore, all users must agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the scheme, which include a Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct provides a few guidelines aimed at keeping users and other road users safe on London's streets. There are also 'do's' and 'don'ts' at every docking station. One of the 'don'ts' states that users must not cycle on pavements unless it is signed as a shared use path.