Category Archives: petitions

I love … Santander cycles

The not-so-well-kept secret is out that Santander will be the new sponsor of cycle hire in London.

From April the bikes will turn red with the new Santander colours.

the new deal brings more money annually to the scheme than Barclays, and promises to promote the bikes more widely.

The promise of 1,000 new docking stations this year remains. Sadly, no expansion of the scheme has been promised alongside the new sponsorship.

While I welcome the new energy and cash that Santander brings, it is to be hoped that the bikes will go further in 2015 and beyond, as cycle hire becomes more integrated into London life.

Please sign this petition to bring Boris bikes to south-east London - money has been promised by Southwark Council, but the scheme has not to date been realised.

Boris Bikes to Maida Vale?

A petition has been launched to extend the cycle hire scheme into Maida Vale, pushing a little north and west of the existing stations in that area (Warwick Avenue and Clifton Road).

You can sign the petition here, and I would encourage you to do so.

Many previous petitions of a similar nature (Bikes2Brixton for example) have been unsuccessful, but I think it's still helpful that TfL and the Mayor are aware that there is demand to push the bikes out into new areas.

Don't forget that the bikes are free to hire this weekend - happy cycling!

The Mall – Time to Act

I wrote in a recent post about the need for a docking station on the Mall, to increase cycle hire access for tourists and workers in Westminster, to plug a gap in an area whch has too few docks, and to improve the provision of sustainable transport in a historic part of Westminster.

Today I received a reply from TfL to my query - the Mall is indeed being considered as a possible location for a dock. So this is the moment to make the voice of Boris bikers heard - please sign a petition (supported by this blog and Two Wheels Good) calling on TfL and Royal Parks to work towards a Mall docking station. In my previous post I gave details of how to write in support of a dock here. If you have 5 minutes, please do.

In other news ...

The proposed docking locations in Wandsworth have been revealed, to a mixed reception. A series of roadshows will be held in the coming weeks. Go if you can, and support the docks.

Bring Boris bikes to NW5

Here's the latest petition from locals in NW5 to get Boris bikes to their area. I've signed, hope you will too. It's great to see local communities taking the initiative to get the bikes on their patch.

Time Out have an article on the southwest extension of the scheme. Nothing new in it, but great to see an article in a magazine which quite a few people will be reading.

UPDATE: Here's a news report on the NW5 petition.

Boris Bikes to Islington

The latest petition I've come across from local people wanting cycle hire in their area is in Islington - sign up today. I'm encouraged that so many local communities want to see the bikes coming their way, and Islington makes great sense as the bikes already cover some southern parts of the borough.

Unlike phase 2, when plans were revealed quite quickly, TfL are being very secretive about exactly which areas will be covered in next year's 'western' extension to the scheme. It would be great if northern and southern areas of London could benefit too.