Bike Hire Scheme Set For Rapid Expansion

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 101 months ago
Bike Hire Scheme Set For Rapid Expansion

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It's barely a week old, but Boris Johnson is already planning to pump millions more pounds into the cycle hire network and vastly expand the number of bikes and docking stations, reports the Standard.

Despite a handful of teething troubles, the system's first seven days have passed relatively smoothly, but one frequently-cited complaint is of a lack of available bikes, a problem that will get worse when the bikes are available to non-members. Each of the 5,000 cycles is being used on average once per day at the moment.

The focus of this mooted expansion would be mainline stations and east London, toward the Olympic park in Stratford; Waterloo station, for example, is said to be in talks to host 200 bikes. No word yet on whether other parts of Zone 2 (which is mostly missing from the existing network) would be included.

TfL will decide next month on whether to invest a further £81m in the scheme. Yet considering that around 100 of the originally proposed docking stations have been held up due to technical problems or council red tape, it might be a little ambitious for such a major expansion to be under discussion at this stage.

Last Updated 05 August 2010