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.

Cllr Russell King and Maroy Boris Johnson annouce plans to extend the cycle hire schemeThe 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.

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Recent comments

According to news reports Barclays is preparing to ditch its controversial sponsorship deal for Boris Johnson's flagship bicycle hire scheme, delivering only half the £50m the London mayor had claimed the bank would pay. So now who will pay for the collections and removals? Should we be celebrating this late expansion to north Wandsworth after all?
Celia Blair

10 December 2013

Everyone benefits from having more people use bikes instead of cars, but Wandsworth does not have a full network of cycle lanes or any plan to introduce one. The Council is taking too long to bring in 20 mph zones. The idea of new cyclists riding around the Wandsworth Gyratory system is scary: I hope no one is hurt. Funding is limited but we should put 5-10% of what is spent on roads to putting in (not removing!) proper cycle lanes. That will get cyclists off pavements and away from the HGVs (that kill/harm too many). Cycle Hire got me back into cycling, using my car less and has benefits, but it must now be accompanied by a willingness to give space on our roads and decent funding, so people from 8 to 80 can cycle safely
Simon Shields

28 November 2013