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Cyclists facing feast or famine in search of hire bikes - Caroline Pidgeon urges Mayor to improve bike hire scheme

January 22, 2012 11:35 AM

• [Jan 21] KEY failings in the way the London bike hire scheme is performing were exposed this week by Caroline Pidgeon, leading to an extensive report by BBC London television. The failings, which are holding back the success of the scheme, include a widespread problem with the allocation of the bikes across the docking stations, making it difficult for people to either hire a bike, or return a bike at the end of a ride. In November 2011 there were on average 27 docking stations in London that had no bikes available for hire for between 6 to 8 hours every day.

Caroline Pidgeon, commenting on these findings said: "As the original advocates of the bike hire scheme, Liberal Democrats think the cycle hire scheme is a great idea, but it has a long way to go before it becomes a genuine transport option that serves all Londoners. For a start there needs to be a far better distribution of bikes across the existing docking stations. It is shameful that there are docking stations which frequently don't have a single bike available for as much as 7 or 8 hours a day. It is also time that the bike hire scheme became more user friendly."

For more information about some of the failings of the cycle hire scheme and how the scheme could be improved see the Liberal Democrat London Assembly group website. Details of TfL's own internal reports about the cycle hire scheme can also be seen at the Mayorwatch website.