The Mayor of London has announced £1.49 million of funding for the first two Cycle Superhighways, which are due to be up and running by next summer.
The 7.5-mile route from Barking to Tower Gateway and 8.5-mile route from Merton to the City are the first of a total of 12 Superhighways that are due to be in place by the time of the London Olympics in 2012.
Mayor Boris Johnson said the money would also be used to "provide the training, cycle parking and maintenance knowhow to support the introduction of the first two Cycle Superhighways".
Cycle training gets £210,600, cycle maintenance/travel awareness £129,000, cycle parking £274,700 and “additional funding subject to further work” gets £884,000 – although Transport for London don’t spell out whether this is money for Superhighway infrastructure.
The London Cycling Campaign have expressed concerns that the tight timescale for installation of the Superhighways could mean improvements to junctions and roundabouts are dropped or postponed. They want to see the mayor using his “authority and vision to break through the institutional barriers, speed up decision-making and push through inspired solutions".
Cycle hire charges announced
Also newly announced are the charges for the London Cycle Hire scheme, also due to launch next summer. Users must pay an access fee – or buy an annual membership – and then a usage charge, as below. Charges have been set to encourage short hires.
Less than 30 minutes
Less than 60 minutes
Less than 90 minutes
Less than 120 minutes
Less than 150 minutes
Less than 180 minutes
Less than 6 hours
Less than 24 hours (maximum hire charge)
Some 6,000 bikes will be available from a planned 400 docking stations (planning permission has already been given for 334 of them) in the zone one travel area. Payment will be made by credit card or debit card online, by telephone or at the docking station. Annual membership brings with it a chip-enabled ‘key’ allowing the member to remove a bike without using the payment terminal.
Chris Peck, policy co-ordinator at national cyclists’ organisation CTC, said: “This scheme will encourage thousands more people to cycle in
Don’t be late bringing your bike back, though – exceed your access period or keep the bike for more than 24 hours and a late return charge of £150 will be applied.
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