Is it me or do we seem to have been saturated with Barclay Bike Stands all over the SE1 area - it seems any pavement space is now taken up with yet another bike station. They are litterally appearing on every street!
I agree with Zoe in that we need more docking stations and especially towards the east.
Barclays Bikes really is the best thing that could have happened: I use them every single day. From having a monthly Travelcard for £100, I now have a pay as you go Oyster and spend less than £50 on public transportation. Not to mention the exercise....
I don't use them as I have my own bike but I have noticed that day or night, the racks across the road from me seem to have very few bikes in them. Do they cut the no. of available bikes bike in winter to maintain them or something? I could understand it if I was right next door to a station or something but I am not. Just interested.
I also would prefer the scheme be extended if possible. My nearest docking station is often empty when I get there. Perhaps the doubling of the cost of hire might reduce demand and leave more for me? ;)
The cost of hire was doubled at the start of the year, Neil.
It's now more than the cost of a single bus fare (which the current mayor has put up by 54% since he took over). If doubled again, it would start to make the congestion charge (which BTW hasn't gone up for a couple of years) look attractive (if I had a car, of course).
As a result, unless I'm fairly sure I'm going to use it at least twice, I take the bus more. I'm sure that's not what their intention was.