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I would warn against increasing the casual fee to £2 because it reduces the (political) power of the Boris Bike to get non-cyclists cycling. I’ve expanded in detail on the importance of Boris Bikes in getting non-cyclists interested in cycling in London (primarily through that incredibly cheap £1 all-day access fee for casual use) here: http://twowheelsgood-fourwheelsbad.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/why-all-london-cyclists-should-actively.html.
Also given the lengths people go (e.g. docking a bike at 29 minutes, waiting 5 minutes, then getting out another bike from the same station to complete their journey etc.) to keep journeys under 30 minutes (I think a ridiculously high proportion like 97% are…) I don’t believe that the reduced revenue which you rightly point out my scheme would result in, is that actually that significant at all (especially when compared to the overall TfL budget including CrossRail etc.). Essentially people are making 60 minute journeys for free now anyway. Changing the tariff to accept this fact will just mean there are many more of them, therefore more subscribers, therefore high income for the scheme and more government subsidy.