Boris Bikes go east
This map has been in the public domain for a little while, but I thought it was worth posting here – locations of new Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations in East London.
Tower Hamlets is getting most of the love but there’s going to be plenty on the borough boundary around Bethnal Green and Cambridge Heath. In Hackney itself there will be more around Shoreditch and Hoxton plus one at the Cat & Mutton Bridge at the bottom of Broadway Market and a couple outside Haggerston Park / Hackney City Farm.
I’m not sure how quickly TfL move on installing these things – but the planning documents for the first few are beginning to appear on the Hackney website: search for “cycle hire” in the application keywords. The Design and Access Statements are largely the same for each application until you get to the site-specific bits near the end. It’s interesting that the ‘pre-application advice’ bit at the end says that they were speaking to the council about some of the docking stations as long ago as January 2009.
While it would be great if they could head a bit further north (I wonder who I could convince to put one at the Gore Road entrance to Vicky Park?) I’m pretty happy about the expansion. The bikes may be built like tanks and availability can be sketchy sometimes but they are fantastic for those journeys where it would take forever to go by bus and slightly inconveniently too far to walk it.”