The spots on the map above show the locations of all the London Cycle Hire cycle stands. This is according to the data that has been released by TfL. The map has been put together by the guys behind the Cycle Hire App.
When I first looked at the map a little tear rolled down my eye. As I wiped it away I realised my dreams of cycling back from Camden after a quick drink were shattered. I live just outside the bubble of blue dots in Swiss Cottage.
I’m sure many of you will have had the same opinion when you looked at the map. Perhaps without the dramatic tear. The coverage of the cycle hire is very central. It will serve mainly just for short hops. Therefore for a cyclist such as myself I can’t see it being much use.
Of course depending on the success of the scheme it will no doubt be expanded to a larger surrounding area. For now the central coverage is very impressive. However, around the train stations where commuters may be wanting to switch to bikes for the remainder of their journey there is a shortage of bikes. For example take a popular terminal such as Kings Cross. Outside here there are just 22 bikes. With another 23 if you walk a little further. The impact therefore on people’s travel arrangements will be fairly limited.
Can you see yourself using the cycle hire scheme?