Date Set For Cycle Hire Scheme Extension

Transport for London has announced the date for expansion of its cycle-hire scheme: 8 March. The familiar bicycles, commonly dubbed Boris Bikes, will extend their reach to the north, east and west. Sorry, south Londoners…not this time.

The ‘Phase 2′ surge will see the number of azure velocipedes increase from 6,000 to 8,300, with 4,800 new docking points. Blessed locations include most of Tower Hamlets, the northern parts of Shoreditch, Camden Town, Canary Wharf and Westfield White City. An official map of the new coverage can be found here.

TfL’s press release practically swaggers with impressive-sounding stats about the scheme, which launched 18 months ago. The bikes have made almost 10 million trips in that period (making them almost as popular as Londonist, if we can somehow compare journeys with pageviews for the sake of an idle boast). 150,000 people have registered for the scheme, making 7.7 million hires. Casual users are very much in the minority, with 2.1 million hires.

So, where should TfL expand for a future Phase 3?

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  • timmys

    That map only shows expansion to the east – am I missing something?

    • Blr

      Yes. You’re missing West, North & South. As so is the GLA..

  • Gfd

    expansion into Dalston would be nice..

  • DSta

    Let’s get it up the Crouch End, Finsbury Park, Stoke Newington way. There are loads of nice areas round here which would be great to cycle around.

  • Michael Jennings

    More of Bermondsey, and a general south-east extension. (This suggestion has nothing to do with my living there, obviously).

  • RW

    4,800 new docking points? really?

    • Matt

      Yes, really. At around 200 new stations.

  • Leanne Summers

    :( South London misses out :(

  • http://twitter.com/littlesimon Simon Levey

    Docking stations in bits of West and North West London still really sparse.

  • Anonymous

     There’s also a fair bit of infil, including new station off of curzon street – Boris Bikers now have a choice of 24 points within site of the office, while people who have their own bikes still have nothing [angry face]…