Barclays Cycle Hire bikes launched in Wandsworth

Wandsworth Guardian: Boris Johnson at the docking station in Podmore Road, Wandsworth Boris Johnson at the docking station in Podmore Road, Wandsworth

The Mayor of London cycled into Wandsworth to officially launch the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme.

Docking stations in Putney, Wandsworth Town and Battersea went live this morning, with the remaining docking stations launching in spring.

The launch follows the announcement earlier this week Barclays are withdrawing their sponsorship in 2015, with the contract initially planned to continue to 2018.

Boris Johnson pedalled into Wandsworth from Hammersmith and Fulham and was one of the first people to use the docking station in Podmore Road, Wandsworth.

Sixty docking stations are now operating in the north of Wandsworth, with hopes to expand the scheme to the rest of the borough.

Mr Johnson said: "Our iconic bikes have changed the face of the capital since their launch three years ago and this expansion into great swathes of south west London will enable even more people to hop on them."

When pressed about Barclays he said already businesses have expressed an interest in becoming the news sponsors.

He said: "I am very grateful to Barclays for what they have given us so far, they have got a perfect right to vary it. I think they have done a great job supporting cycling so far."

A focus is being placed on transport hubs and town centres, with the largest docking station in London going live at Clapham Junction station.

Mr Johnson said money is being spent on making cycling safer in light of the recent deaths in the capital.

He said: "We are putting billions of pounds into the roads and a huge scheme to educate adults and children.

"We are changing lorries to make them safer, we are clamping down on people jumping red lights. The big thing is increasing cycle lanes."

Councillor Russell King, cabinet member for transport, said: "There’s been real excitement building in Wandsworth about this scheme’s arrival and today local people can finally start to use these fantastic blue bikes to get around the borough.

"Cycle hire is a valuable and pollution free addition to our transport network which can help reduce traffic jams and ease overcrowding on our tubes, trains and buses."

The council is also offering free cycling safety training to help people gain skills and confidence to try cycle hair.

To find the nearest docking station visit wandsworth.gov.uk/cyclehire. For information about cycle training visit wandsworth.gov.uk/cycling.

 

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1:36pm Sun 15 Dec 13

buggsie says...

Biggest waste of money on record. Too many HGVs on our London roads and potholes to be safe for cyclists. Too much money wasted on blue cycle lanes which they chose not to use. Observe Wandsworth Bridge roundabout - cyclists all over the road - despite having - at an expense - cycle ways painted for them to avoid the roads.
Stop complaining about motorists - you Wandsworth have done nothing but non stop building of homes - just for example - between Battersea Bridge & Wandsworth Bridge - HAVE YOU DONE ANYTHING ABOUT IMPROVING ROADS ?? no they are still the same - one lane either way roads from 40 - 50 years back. Public transport is unsafe and unreliable - at least 50% of the time spent commuting services are suspended - or destinations changed. Weekends - roads made more busy by 'Rail Replacement' buses. Did a weekend Bridge Class in Wimbledon recently - those coming by train unable to get to Wimbledon - so they wasted their money.
Biggest waste of money on record. Too many HGVs on our London roads and potholes to be safe for cyclists. Too much money wasted on blue cycle lanes which they chose not to use. Observe Wandsworth Bridge roundabout - cyclists all over the road - despite having - at an expense - cycle ways painted for them to avoid the roads. Stop complaining about motorists - you Wandsworth have done nothing but non stop building of homes - just for example - between Battersea Bridge & Wandsworth Bridge - HAVE YOU DONE ANYTHING ABOUT IMPROVING ROADS ?? no they are still the same - one lane either way roads from 40 - 50 years back. Public transport is unsafe and unreliable - at least 50% of the time spent commuting services are suspended - or destinations changed. Weekends - roads made more busy by 'Rail Replacement' buses. Did a weekend Bridge Class in Wimbledon recently - those coming by train unable to get to Wimbledon - so they wasted their money. buggsie

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