Arbitrary closure of docks during the Olympics

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  • #75036

    screech
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    As if London wasn’t going to be enough of a nightmare during The Olympics, the bikes are going to be directly affected as people might have read in the email sent this morning.

    I simply don’t understand the reason for these planned closures. Some explanation would be nice. Is it to “ease the system” or some cock and bull story like that?

    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/18088.aspx

    #85508

    davidq100
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    It looks like many of these are on roads with ‘Games Lanes’. Heaven forbid anyone or anything that might get in the way of VIP vehicles.

    I also notice that many roads around Westminster seem to be restricted to official traffic only (e.g. Westminster Bridge). Hopefully cyclists will still have access tho …

    Anyone know if the Superhighways will remain operational dedicated to cyclists?

    Lots of info here: http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/travelinaffectedareas/city/london-driving-and-roads.html

    #85509

    Bors
    Participant

    Those on the 28/29 July coincide with the Road Cycle races which will have closed roads during the day.

    It also looks like those on 5 & 12 Aug are for Marathon road closures.

    #85510

    urban
    Participant

    26 docking stations out of 570 in total. And most of those only closed for a day or two. Let’s not get melodramatic about this. Hardly arbitrary is it.

    #85511

    Matt
    Participant

    I just hope they update the API this time as they didn’t in the jubilee weekend meaning that closed docks still shows as active in the apps :(

    #85512

    screech
    Participant

    Well it did appear abitrary. I don’t see how a statistical observation should determine whether or not it is arbitrary. It’s not as if I described it as “blanket” or “excessive” closures.

    Any way. Good job, David you seem to have developed a good theory. Of course it’s their beloved VIP lanes. The marathon, I think I can let them off for that. Seems reasonable.

    #85513

    davidq100
    Participant

    Of course it would have been nice had they added some temporary docks near the venues to help people travel around. On the plus side, it should be enjoyable pedalling past queues of gridlocked cars in town during the games.

    Hopefully the huge influx of tourists will mean a surge in always-delightful “£1-coins-in-key-slot” bonuses. My running total is £7 of these since the scheme began :lol:

    #85514

    screech
    Participant

    Really. People actually put pound coins in?? I’ve never found that. I guess in the most touristy areas it must happen a lot.

    #85515

    jt
    Participant

    Noticed today that the Old Quebec Street docking station has just vanished! Is this linked to the above? It is annoying as it was the only one near Marble Arch on the “safe side” of Park Lane.

    #85516

    Matt
    Participant

    Replying to @jt‘s post:

    You’re right! Last updated set of data was 2012-07-12 23:35:01

    You’ve just giving me an idea to setup a alert service for when stations stop sending data… (i.e. close)

    #85517

    jingruiwyz
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    #85518

    Ruzzi
    Participant

    Replying to @Matt’s post:

    FYI: Dock Monitor already exists: http://dockmonitor.blogs.casa.ucl.ac.uk/

    Replying to @jt‘s post:

    FYI: TFL’s Docking Status web page gives all the Oympic Games period – docking station suspensions and which includes Old Quebec Street: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/18088.aspx

    #85519

    danh
    Participant

    Don’t try to leave a Bike at the Hyde Park Olympic event – all the nearby ones are closed.

    Nearest were Green Street, at one of which the terminal was out of order.

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