Mayor's Vision for Cycling (6)

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In many other major cities buses are fitted with racks that allow cycles to be carried. These could offer significant benefits to many Londoners especially outer Londoners who face some of the largest barriers to cycling. Will you investigate the feasibility of installing these racks in London?


Answer for Mayor's Vision for Cycling (6)

Answer for Mayor's Vision for Cycling (6)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Approximately half a million trips currently made by bus in outer London each day are less than 8km in length and are therefore within a reasonable cycling distance. It would be better if these trips were cycled, where possible, rather than people putting bikes on a bus. For longer trips, fold-up bikes can already be taken on buses in the fleet, provided they can be safely stowed out of the way of passengers.

Due to the busy and frequently stopping nature of buses in London, it is imperative that boarding times are as efficient as possible to maintain a reliable service for the millions of bus passenger journeys that are made daily. TfL has concluded that allowing additional time for attaching bicycles to exterior racks would cause unacceptable delays to journeys and congestion at bus stops, particularly at peak times around busy stops and where there are numerous routes serving one stop.

Rigid bikes cannot be placed out of the way and would be a potential hazard to other passengers. Furthermore, racks on the outside of the vehicle are not seen as viable in London due to ground clearance issues and obscuring the driver's view.