Thursday, 28 October 2010

Mayor's Question Time - Kennington Hire Bike answers

From the October 2010 Mayor's Question Time (see the other cycling questions and answers for October here
Cycle Hire Kennington
Question No: 3252 / 2010
Valerie Shawcross
A number of constituents have complained that when they seek to return their
hire bikes to Kennington after work all the docking stations are full and they
have to head back into town to return them. Can you explain what TfL is doing to
ensure that in the future there will be more docking stations available in
Kennington in the evening?

Answer from the Mayor
TfL and the scheme operator Serco have been working to improve redistribution of
the bikes and where possible, seek to meet demand for bikes.

In addition, TfL is continuing to roll out docking stations as part of the
development of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme. Working in cooperation with the
Boroughs, TfL is identifying suitable new sites and sites where the number of
docking points can be expanded in areas of high demand. Two further sites near
Kennington have been granted planning permission, which TfL plan to install
before Christmas. A further two sites have been identified and are being
progressed through the planning application process.