1. Expansion of the Boris Bike Scheme
The hugely successful-even-if-plagued-by-more-problems-than-Windows-ME Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme is set for expansion east, in time for the 2012 Olympics. The lucky Londoners in Bethnal Green, Bow, Canary Wharf, Mile End and Poplar will be next to see docking stations popping up. The expanded Boris Bike scheme will eventually cover 40 miles of the capital with 2,000 extra bikes added to the fleet.
2. Completion of two more Cycle Superhighways
Cycle Superhighway 2 and Cycle Superhighway 8 are due to be completed by the summer of 2011. Whilst the first two routes have been deemed to be everything but super from users, hopes are high than some lessons will have been learnt. The two new routes will go from Bow to Aldgate and Wandsworth to Westminster.
3. A couple more cyclists
As we’re supposed to be hitting a 400% increase in cycling compared to 2000 by 2025 there should technically be a load more cyclists on the road. Rising fuel and public transport prices as well as constant tube strikes should hopefully force more people onto bikes! Scrapping the congestion charge zone increase and a drop in the available budget for cycling will no doubt act against the expansion.
4. Advances in law for cyclists
With continuing support for “Sharing the road” and a decreasing budget for building dedicated cycling infrastructure we have to place our hope that well supported initiatives such as turn left at red and allowing cyclists to go down one way streets will come to our rescue. However, road rules are notoriously slow to change.
5. Changes in the makeup of cyclists
Although cycling has traditionally been a male dominated activity, hopefully things will start to balance out. TfL will be focusing some of their Barclays Cycle Hire promotional efforts particularly on women to try to bridge the divide. Especially after they discovered only 1 in 4 users are female. We should also see a continuation of the trend of bikes been seen as utility vehicles. People are increasingly realising they often don’t need 27 gears and prefer something a little cheaper and that requires less maintenance.
What’s your 2011 predictions?
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