Cycle Hire Scheme

MQT on 2012-01-25
Session date: 
January 25, 2012
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please publish a table showing for the month of December 2011 the average time per day that each docking station has: no available bikes b) no available docking spaces for bikes?


Answer for Cycle Hire Scheme

Answer for Cycle Hire Scheme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The tables are included in Appendix D.

TfL operates under a number of restrictions within boroughs, meaning in some circumstances it is unable to access docking stations in order to rebalance the system. These restrictions are typically in place between 22:00 and 08:00 and have a significant impact on the attached full and empty figures.

Longer than average periods of full or empty stations can also be caused by a shortage of docking points in the local area.  TfL continues to work closely with boroughs to identify sites for new docking stations and, as part of Phase 2, more than 1300 docking points are being added within the original scheme area.

It is also important to note that the scheme is meant to work in such a way that if a docking station does not have a bike or docking point available, there will be another nearby which does. It would be prohibitively expensive to manage every individual docking station in such a way that it was never full or empty.