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  • #74690

    davy
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    Are there any plans to install new docks? The other day I visited eight docking stations (including those that other docking stations said had places) before finding a space.

    The day before yesterday I visited five…

    #83757

    MarkE
    Participant

    As with so many aspects of this system, simply throwing extra docking points in an area won’t necessarily cure the problem.

    Waterloo is a fine example of this.

    #83758

    nayeeem
    Participant

    Mid morning is impossible in Soho. A couple of weeks ago I tried every Soho station plus a good few more in St James and Mayfair before returning and finally getting a dock on my thrird visit to Soho Square. Late morning the van comes round and liberates slots. Massively over-subscribed in Soho.

    #83759

    radii8
    Participant

    There is a problem in Soho as there is in the City. Hopefully Westminster/City will get even more enthused about the scheme and start giving a few roads up (i.e. closing them) and installing docking stations/cycle lanes in them instead.

    Obviously, I live in hope :)

    #83760

    claudia
    Participant

    Replying to @radii8‘s post:

    I am hoping for improvements, too. Despite the excellent weather, I haven’t been using the bikes as much. Partly due to travel abroad, but it’s also down to the flakiness of the system. Still trying to keep the faith! :-)

    #83761

    radii8
    Participant

    Hey Claudia :)

    @davy just to add if you wanted to find out plans for further docking stations I think you can still email cyclehire@westminster.gov.uk

    #83762

    davy
    Participant

    thanks, radii8. I emailed Westminster Council.

    With all the technology we now have, can’t a program can be written to enable the repositioning people to prioritise the worst bottle-necks in real time, rather than just working to a timetable (assuming that is what they do)?

    I mean, hanging out in Soho is a basic human right!

    #83763

    ashbro
    Participant

    The evening imbalances seem to be getting worse too. Looking at the oobrien.com site right now, there are 77 completely empty stations covering most of central London – its so frustrating when you’ve psyched yourself up for a ride and end up walking to your destination past a dozen empty docks (and arriving half an hour late!!).

    #83764

    radii8
    Participant
    #83765

    amandaspider
    Participant

    I am a newbie to all this – what do I do if every docking station within a reasonable parameter is full?

    #83766

    davy
    Participant

    Jayne Rusbatch, who seems to be Westminster council’s cycling supremo, emails:

    “Whilst the City Council appreciates your concerns, the operation of the scheme is the responsibility of Transport for London (TfL) and further queries regarding its relocation should be directed to them on contact@barclayscyclehire.tfl.gov.uk

    #83767

    claudia
    Participant

    Replying to @amandaspider‘s post:

    Exactly. Lots of challenges with the BB scheme. If returning a bike, you just have to keep looking for a free spot. You can ask for extra time, however:

    http://www.borisbikes.co.uk/topic.php?id=936

    #83768

    radii8
    Participant

    Replying to @davy‘s post:

    I’ve also been in touch with Jayne – she is right in that the maintenance, siting, planning applications etc. are the responsibility of TfL. However it is interesting exploring reasons why specific docks (in places where they would be handy) haven’t been implemented and the general feel I think is is more to do with cost on TfL’s side than resistance from Westminster Council. TfL have a limited budget for the scheme and this means they will tend towards cost effective installations than necessarily where they would be most useful.

    I’d love someone from TfL to jump in and give a different perspective :)

    #83769

    7209
    Participant

    Replying to @radii8‘s post:

    Are you implying Westminster are charging TfL for using their real estate (pavement)? I’d never really thought of it like that. I wonder if they have to pay the council to put up a bus stop shelter… :?

    #83770

    MarkE
    Participant

    Replying to @7209′s post:

    Given as you can farm revenue from an advert on a bus shelter, or a bike docked at a station, you’d imagine it’s possible…

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