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a quid...and they work..and the system kinda works. You should try one.
I got from Soho Square to Gt Titchfield Street before realising I had a flat front tyre. Thought it was hard work tbh.
London drivers are ridiculous
They've been in Stockholm for 5 years & Paris for 4 and the concept of hiring bikes is as old as bikes themselves
it's not exactly as if he fell out of bed one morning shouting Eureka!
They were actually planned, costed and put in motion while Ken was mayor. They were installed when Boris was mayor.
It's alliterative, and he likes to claim credit for long-term projects put in motion before his term started. That's why the Evening Standard started calling them Boris Bikes.
I had to jump out of the way of two on the way to work this morning, and this was at 10.30am, so not even during rush hour.
(slight thread de-railment).
I was beginning to think that we might be able to have a thread on here without someone telling us about cyclists who use the pavement.
I might start a thread about vegetarian food, just for the meat-eaters too.
The rest is utter bollocks and conjecture and you know it.
only a very small minority of businesses have to pay for that as things stand. It barely affects anyone yet and there's probably not actually that many people in London who know what it is.
Unfortunately for Boris, he's put off the tightening of standards several times with the impact that he's going to end up catching a whole load more people with it in January 2012, just as the election campaign hits full swing. If he's lucky, it won't hit headlines, but I suspect that with the impending fine from the IOC...
The number of people caught by it is currently very low. The net was due to widen several years ago (under Ken's plans), and Boris has quietly delayed a number of times, but it's going ahead now. There's no way he can avoid being associated with it any more.
the closer we get to elections, the more and more (knowingly?) unhinged your posts seem to get
see above. The hard work was already done before he became mayor.
I wasn't on the attack, just wondered how they came to be so associated with Boris when in my city they're just bikes
although feel free to take ten seconds of man all the same. 21st century and all that.
They're great. I work in St Johns Wood and to bop down to Soho through Regents Park for a drink after work on one of them is a joy.
and are consequently of no use to me. Can you just stick a quid in a slot and off you go? I thought you had to pre-register and all that guff.
You put your credit card in and register for the service then you have to take it out again, request to hire a bike and put it back in and faff around.
It works but the system's a bit fiddly.
(If so, do they get, er, 'un-migrated'?)
Waterloo has the busiest dock, where people get off the trains and cycle across the river to the city or west end. They have to keep replenishing the bikes as the day goes on.
There's a fundamental problem at the moment in that the scheme was never originally designed for communter use (the business case warned against it), but then dock(s) were put at major stations. Apparently, it's costing Serco a fortune to manage stocks and they want to stop.
The vast majority of users of the scheme are people who would have walked, taken the tube or taken the bus from train terminals anyway – it’s not really shifted people from their cars directly.
Of course, the best way to make roads safer and encourage cycling is to have more cyclists on the road anyway (the main reason why cycle campaigners don’t want helmets to be mandatory), and freeing up space on tube trains and buses might mean that some drivers transfer over, but we’ll sit have a situation where the majority of car drivers want public transport improved only so that their journey to work, in their car, is less busy, not because they would actually consider leaving their vehicle at home.
why'd they not design it for commuter use?
and ensure there is still sufficient capacity for the intended user. For an initial implementation of the scheme, with all the teething problems associated, it becomes too expensive and high-risk.
but there's the problem of them being left in undesireble locations - you really do need a lot of locations and docks for it to become useful, much like those ZipCars that sit unused in car parks.