Thursday, 28 July 2011

Big news for Boris bikes

Maybe it's because of the run up to the Boris bikes first birthday, but there's a lot to report today.

Firstly, Boris Johnson has announced a continuing deal with Barclays to finance a western extension of the scheme, in addition to the phase 2 eastern extension already well publicised. An initial report on this is in today's Evening Standard, and here in TfL's own words. This is great news, and hopefully more details of the particulars of the expanded scheme will emerge soon.

Secondly, the Battle of Blackfriars Bridge seems to be reaching a critical phase. The particulars of this debate are well covered elsewhere (Cyclists in the City for example) but when all four parties on the London Assembly are agreed that the layout and speed limit of the scheme need reconsideration, it is surely madness for TfL to push ahead with construction. London Cycling Campaign are leading a cycle flash mob tomorrow at 6pm from the south side of the bridge; if you're a Boris biker, ring your bell.

More prosaically, some big dock developments are in the offing. Soho Square now has an expanded dock (according to the TfL status page, I've not seen it). A large dock on Cheapside in the City of London is close to completion, replacing the short-lived and smaller dock on the opposite side of the road. An even larger dock (dare we call it a megadock?) is almost ready in the space above Southwark tube station, which will provide much-needed extra capacity south of the river.

It's clearly a critical time for cycling in London, and Boris bikes (whether or not you're a fan of Boris) are leading a real transformation in the way Londoners get around. It would be great to see this site as somewhere people can share views and opinions on the bikes.

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