Cycle hire for the Brighter Borough – launch Dec 13
Published: Thursday 28th November 13
Barclays Cycle Hire will ‘go live’ across north Wandsworth on Friday 13 December, 2013.
The council has fought hard to bring the bike sharing scheme to the brighter borough and councillors aim to increase the scheme's coverage further in the years ahead.
Almost all of Wandsworth’s brand new docking stations will go live on the 13th, with the remaining few up and running by spring next year.
They are spread out across parts of Battersea, Wandsworth Town and Putney, with a focus on transport hubs and town centres.
Cllr Russell King, Wandsworth Council transport spokesman, said:
“After years of campaigning we have just over two weeks left to wait until these popular blue bikes roll into action on the streets of southwest London. If you’re not already a member, now is the time to sign up.
“The scheme will be a valuable addition to our transport network which can help reduce traffic jams and ease overcrowding on our tubes, trains and buses. We see this extension as the first step towards complete borough-wide coverage. The job’s not done until every home is within easy reach of a Boris bike.
“The council is offering free cycling safety training to help more local people gain the skills and confidence they need to try cycle hire. We want as many residents as possible to benefit from this pollution free transport choice which is often the fastest and cheapest option for short journeys across town.”
Bringing the bike sharing scheme to Wandsworth is a central aim of the council's Travel Choices campaign which is focused on improving the range and quality of local transport services.
To find you nearest docking point visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/cyclehire
To find out about cycle training visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/cycling
For more information on the council's transport plans visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/travelchoices
Find out more about the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme at www.tfl.gov.uk/barclayscyclehire
The picture shows Cllr King and Boris Johnson.