Category Archives: Cycling

The TfL Board should tell the Mayor where to stick his shovel

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging” The TfL Board on 22nd September is going to be asked to approve an extension of the Cycle Hire Scheme. By how much we will probably not know as TfL are … Continue reading

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Confirmed: TfL’s own figures show Cycle Hire Scheme is a poor investment

The Cycle Hire Scheme is still struggling. Casual use could be months away and TfL with their contractors, Serco, have been unable to solve operational issues that should have been fixed within a few weeks of launch. The business case, … Continue reading

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Cycle hire scheme caught between a rock and a hard place

Don’t look here for a bike after 5.30PM, docking station on Scala Street, W1 The ability of casual users to make use of the London Cycle Hire scheme has been delayed again. TfL are now saying it will be the … Continue reading

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What are TfL hiding about the cycle hire scheme?

[Photo: The Basket – James Cridland – Licensed by Creative Commons] The cycle hire scheme has had a troubled birth with technical issues and escalating costs. While the users of the scheme undeniably find it useful, whether the scheme is … Continue reading

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The Economics of Cycle Hire

Boris is about to launch his signature (and very expensive) cycle hire scheme. To assess what benefits this might produce I have asked TfL for some help with additional information. They seem to be taking longer than would normally be … Continue reading

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Bus Lane Trial Should End Now

Boris’ scheme to put motorbikes into bus lanes was always ill-conceived. Today’s data from the first trial period shows its downright dangerous for many road users. He should swallow his pride and scrap the extension of the trial now before … Continue reading

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How Not to Encourage Cycling

A house move and lack of internet connection are not conducive to blogging. So, its rather late but I thought I’d write a quick blog about Boris’s cycle hire scheme. Dave Hill had the details earlier in August. It is … Continue reading

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