Hire bikes on pavements

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12173
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Bicycles owned and operated by the number of hire companies (other than TFL’s own Santander scheme) are becoming a hazard to pedestrians, especially those who are disabled, sight impaired or with small children when they are abandoned after use on the pavements, as they are with increasing regularity. What can you do to control this menace?

Answer

Hire bikes on pavements

Hire bikes on pavements

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London’s (TfL’s) “Dockless bike share code of practice for operators in London” sets out clear expectations on the responsible operation of such schemes. This document emphasises the duty of TfL and other Highway Authorities to protect the rights of the public to use and enjoy the Capital’s highways and footways. It also sets out available enforcement powers for highway authorities to remove bikes where they are causing danger.  

TfL and London Councils are also currently developing proposals for a pan-London regulatory framework for dockless bike operations, underpinned by a new bye-law, which will seek to address the issues you raise by giving boroughs greater to powers to specify where dockless bicycles can and cannot be parked.