Two thousand new bikes and parking bays are to be added in south-west London as part of the ‘Boris Bikes’ Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme. The expansion will affect the boroughs of Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth and Kensington & Chelsea, and come online in December 2013.
London mayor Boris Johnson said, “The Cycle Hire Scheme is going to be fantastic for south-west London. It will be a real benefit to local people, it helps the economy and is key to my aim of making cycling an integral part of the capital’s transport network.”
Work has already begun on a new docking station at the junction of Finlay Street and Fulham Palace Road. Up to 250 potential new bays have either been secured planning consent or are earmarked to go through the process, said Transport for London.
More than 20m journeys have been made on so-called Boris Bikes since the scheme was introduced in the summer of 2010.
Last month, the mayor outlined a planto spend almost £1bn on cycling in the UK capital over the next decade, including a network of segregated cycle highways, quiet routes through back streets and a grid of routes across central London.
For more information on the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme see www.tfl.gov.uk.