May 13, 2011 at 10:09 am #74690
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…May 13, 2011 at 10:34 am #83757
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.May 13, 2011 at 10:34 am #83758
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.May 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm #83759
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 hopeMay 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm #83760
claudiaParticipantMay 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm #83761May 17, 2011 at 7:02 am #83762
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!May 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm #83763
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!!).May 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm #83764
@davy no worries – have you seen this? www3.westminster.gov.uk/…/wcc%20cyclehire%20planning%202%20210311.pdfMay 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm #83765
I am a newbie to all this – what do I do if every docking station within a reasonable parameter is full?May 21, 2011 at 10:18 am #83766
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 firstname.lastname@example.org“May 21, 2011 at 10:36 am #83767
claudiaParticipantMay 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm #83768
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 perspectiveMay 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm #83769
7209ParticipantMay 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm #83770
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