November 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm #74931
I’m delighted to see that work is well on the way on installing the ‘up to 40′ bike docking station on Spindrift Avenue on the Isle of Dogs near Mudchute, just weeks after receiving planning permission. Does anyone else have any updates on progress around Tower Hamlets? This one is only a minute’s walk from my house so I see it every day but I haven’t spotted any others going in yet, though I imagine there must be.
When the extension was announced I assumed they would slowly add stations further and further away from the central area so they could be activated straight away, gradually expanding the hire area, but maybe that’s not the plan and they intend to get them all in and do a ‘big bang’ launch like they did in the central area. If anyone has any inside info on this I’d be very interested to hear. I’d also be interested to hear of any planning applications that were turned down.December 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm #85005
Just outside Stepney Green tube station a row of square plates has appeared on the pavement, that always seems to be associated with the imminent appearance of a docking station. Also, the station outside the Royal London doubled in size about a month ago.December 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm #85006
Thanks for the update! If they wanted to they could bring the Stepney Green one into action pretty quickly as it’s so close to existing ones in Whitechapel. I wonder if they will.December 3, 2011 at 9:48 am #85007
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I was just thinking it wouldn’t make sense to open one in isolation such as my local one at the Isle of Dogs. You need to have a choice of reachable destinations and enough alternative docking stations for when one is full or empty.December 5, 2011 at 11:06 am #85009
I live near you (Thermoplyae Gate) but I haven’t been down Spindrift Ave for a while to see the progress being made on the docking station. I’ll be keeping an eye on this thread for more news.
Looks like this might be the first Isle of Dogs one.December 6, 2011 at 7:56 am #85010
Hi Mr Forward.
Well they’ve now put in all the base plates and by my counting there are 35 of them, give or take one (plus one near the middle for the terminal thingy). Quite interesting to see how it all goes in. They dig a trench the full length of the docking station, wiggling round the manholes and the cabling goes in corrugated plastic tubing (probably about 8″ in diameter with little spurs going up to each dock. There are then two bits of wood which hold each the metal plates in position which are positioned at the end of each corrugated plastic spur. They seem to be working pretty quickly which is lucky as they’ve temporarily closed the D3 bus stop opposite.
You’ll also be getting one near the southbound platform at Mudchute.December 9, 2011 at 11:48 am #85011
I’ve found the council plans for both sites. No date for completion that I can see.January 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm #85012
As I put in the new docking stations thread there is one nearly ready for operation on Manchester Road and the one by Island Gardens will probably be completed soon as the groundwork has been done.January 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm #85013
Excellent. Looks like they’re making good progress on the Isle of Dogs then.January 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm #85014
Well they certainly seem to be springing up all over Tower Hamlets now. My local one is now complete and today I spotted new installations at Shadwell station and just across from Limehouse station. Really looking forward to cycling round the docks and canals of east London and to using the CS3 super highway!January 23, 2012 at 8:39 am #85015
Island Gardens docking point was completed at the weekend. Surprising how quickly they put them in. If anyone is interested in how they’re built look for one of the planning applications which obviously goes into some detail of their construction.January 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm #85016
I’ve noticed the docking point opposite Canary Wharf tube is under construction. 63 docking points.January 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm #85017
I noticed that tonight too – I’m surprised Canary Wharf Group agreed to that given how many ‘marketing stands’ and events they have there. Now I’ll have a choice of bus, DLR or bike for my onward journey down the Island (assuming there are any available in the evening). I’m fascinated to see the usage pattern once the extension opens.January 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm #85018
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