Cycle Hire: Extensions To West And East, More Sponsorship

On the eve of the Cycle Hire scheme’s first birthday, Transport for London has announced that the network will be extended to parts of the east, west and south of the capital, and that Barclays have stumped up an additional £25 million, extending their sponsorship deal, which previously expired in 2015, until 2018.

There’s a whiff of commercial wheeler-dealings around the announcement: according to TfL, the extension will put docking stations at Westfield, Shepherds Bush, in time for next spring, despite the bikes’ relative lack of shopper-friendliness. Much of Tower Hamlets should also be covered by next summer (here’s an unofficial map of the new locations), while the boroughs of Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth and Kensington & Chelsea will also welcome the Boris bikes. Still not much for north or southeast Londoners to look forward to, mind. A total of 4,200 docking points and 2,000 new bikes will be introduced with this expansion, which is set to be completed in 2013.

We’ll have more on the first year of the Boris bike, and how it has changed cycling in the capital, tomorrow.

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  • Scrunge

    Still hardly anything for SE of the river!!! Seems if you don’t got a tube station you can’t have bike hire ?? !!

  • mk

    Ah, so nice to see such a big SE-shaped hole in that map. As always, SE London gets treated like it doesn’t even exist.

    • Dean Nicholas

      Oops, I should have made it clear that the map linked to only covers the Tower Hamlets bit. The other parts of the extension announced today haven’t been specified yet. But you’re right, SE London isn’t likely to be included.

  • mk

    Ah, so nice to see such a big SE-shaped hole in that map. As always, SE London gets treated like it doesn’t even exist.

  • http://twitter.com/sparticus Mark Walley

    They now seem to stretch up into Camden Town proper, which makes sense given that the canal is such a popular route. They should run them all along the canal down to the olympic park. It’s already a bridleway, why not encourage it more?

  • Anonymous

    Seems very remiss to not include the northern part of Southwark at least. 

    • B Dev

      There’s only 1 docking station East of tower bridge.  Come on guys, sort it out

    • B Dev

      There’s only 1 docking station East of tower bridge.  Come on guys, sort it out

  • Si

    There would be huge gains  to be made by extending it out to ‘inner’ zone 2 South of the river – people in places like Brixton, Camberwell, Walworth, Stockwell would really benefit and it would still be within the standard half hour journey time that the scheme is established on