Docking stations in Battersea as cycle hire draws closer
Published: Wednesday 30th October 13
Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations have now been installed opposite Battersea Power Station and at dozens of other locations across the north of Wandsworth.
Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Angela Graham said the scheme will give London’s tourists another convenient way to visit the borough’s top attractions.
Around 60 docking stations will be installed in total across parts of Battersea, Wandsworth Town and Putney. They will not be operational until the end of the year.
Cllr Graham said: “It’s great to see a docking station outside our most famous landmark. It won’t be long before the popular blue bikes are available here and right across the north of our borough.
“They will be a great way for local people to get around and will help us attract more visitors south of the river. Boris Bikes are popular with sightseers but the existing zone ends just short of our borough boundary so we’ve been missing out of some of these high spending visitors. But that will soon change!”
Cllr Russell King, Wandsworth Council transport spokesman, said:
“This rollout will bring some of Wandsworth’s best attractions within the Boris Bike zone including Battersea Park and the Putney Embankment.
“It’s also a valuable addition to our transport network as we have to improve and develop every travel option if we are to stave-off a capacity crunch. Cycle hire can carry some of the weight and offers a great alternative for short journeys. In many cases is quicker and cheaper than cars or traditional public transport.”
Wandsworth Council fought hard to secure the extension to the existing cycle hire zone and councillors aim to increase the scheme's coverage further in the years ahead.
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.
For a list of the approved docking station sites in Wandsworth visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/cyclehire
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 Graham at the newly installed docking station on the Savona Estate, Nine Elms opposite Battersea Power Station.