Expanding cycle hire

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent has written in saying that given the escalating costs of living, it is important that people should have access to affordable transport, particularly in areas of deprivation like Gospel Oak to enable them to support threatened high streets. Requiring small businesses to pay is unrealistic in poorer areas and in others too, considering often low profit margins, and it would be unfair to the areas not yet on the system. Can you explain what work has been done to assess the potential of reducing transport costs of the more vulnerable through affordable cycle hire as well as the scope for businesses to meet these costs?


Answer for Expanding cycle hire

Answer for Expanding cycle hire

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Annual membership of Barclays Cycle Hire costs just £90, which equates to around 25p a day. It remains by far the cheapest mode of public transport. TfL's teams also engage with community and charity groups on an ongoing basis to ensure that the Cycle Hire message reaches the widest possible audience. In the past these have, amongst others, included Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), Age UK, Limehouse Community Forum, Paddington Neighbourhood Forum and Guildhall University.

TfL has also embarked on a programme of recruiting Community Ambassadors for Barclays Cycle Hire in the Tower Hamlets area; around 30 community contacts are participating in a pilot project to become scheme Ambassadors to promote Barclays Cycle Hire to colleagues and members.

There are no plans to require small business to pay for Cycle Hire expansion. TfL is working with businesses and developers within the current zone to investigate ways to provide additional capacity at peak locations. They are also looking into the possibility of corporate accounts which would allow all or part of the annual costs to be paid by third parties such as family, friends or employers.