Deadline looms for cycle hire consultation

Published: Wednesday 26th October 11

Residents have until 5pm on Friday (Oct 28) to suggest locations for new Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations in the north of Wandsworth.

borisbike2The Mayor's popular scheme is set to expand into south west London in 2013 and the council has been asking local people where they want the bikes to be based.

So far more than 150 suggestions have been submitted and there is still time to add more to the list.

If the roll out gets final approval some 50 to 60 docking stations would be installed in the area of Wandsworth which lies to the east of Putney High Street and north of the South Circular.

The council has been lobbying for the popular bikes to be rolled out south of the river as part of the Wandsworth Travel Choices campaign. This new initiative aims to bring smarter, faster and greener transport options to the borough like pay-as-you-go bike hire, car clubs and new tube services.

Cllr Russell King, Wandsworth Council's transport spokesman, said: "The high level of response shows just how many local people are planning to use these bikes.

"The scheme will give local people a convenient and cheap alternative to their existing transport options and will help reduce the burden on our jam-packed tubes, buses and trains.

"I urge anyone who travels through the study area to tell us where they think the bikes should be located."

To suggest a location, tweet your suggestions @wandbc or post them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wandsworthcouncil

Councillors have begun lobbying for a further expansion of the scheme beyond the area proposed in 2013.

For more information on how to become a member and advice on how to use the scheme visit www.tfl.gov.uk/barclayscyclehire

Image: Cllr Russell King and Mayor Boris Johnson announce plans to extend the cycle hire scheme to the north of Wandsworth.

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