Just read in southwark & Bermondsey news that southwark is starting up a cycle hire scheme which seems a great idea, the only thing I am a bit puzzled about is what form the cycle docking stations will take?
Will it be a secure cage with a swipe card arrangement, and do the taxi drivers know that the rank outside Bermondsey Square near Mendham house will disappear..
Do you, perhaps, mean the London-wide (well approximately Fare Zone 1 to start off) cycle hire scheme that launches in 2010? There are details of how it will work here - http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/12444.aspx. This also coincides with a number of new cycle routes in and around the city.
I think the plan is that the bikes are pretty sturdy things and that most docking stations would be in areas covered by CCTV. There is quite a lot of experience of this kind of scheme in other cities so London has had a chance to learn from other people's mistakes.
I don't think any docking stations would be located on narrow pavements. I believe the plan is to put them either in existing pedestrainised areas or to extend the pavement out a little to accomodate them, like the artists impression below:
Im sure I see an site notice up in Bermondsey Street, just near the park. There isnt enough room for pedestrians/prams/dogs on the pavements let alone these cycle docks. How many of them will be vandalised and bikes stolen, with the crime rate rising around here I'll be surprised if it works.
Oddly enough Pops I was telling the cabbie this morning about the scheme and he said one of his regular fares lived in Newmarket and the scheme had to be scrapped because the bikes kept being pinched...perhaps those bikes were more desirable than londons ones are going to be!
Pops, I take your point. But there's always reasons NOT to do things.
Purely personally, subjectively, I think this is a brave idea. Almost worth trying even if it "fails" (by which I mean fails in the sense of some bikes go missing, but has benefits in other ways, e.g. an increase in people who aren't traditionally cyclists getting on bikes)