Resident protests keep 1000 Boris bikes off the streets

Londoners object to Barclay’s Cycle Hire docking stations

by Martin Thomas   August 18, 2010  

Barclays Cycle Hire bikes

Around 1,000 Boris bikes are unavailable to use in the Barclay’s Cycle Hire scheme because of planning protests from London residents.

The Standard reports that councils have refused to grant permission for 76 docking stations, meaning that Transport for London have only been able to put 5,000 of the 6,000 hire bikes on the street.

A group of Bloomsbury residents claimed it would be a “violation of their human rights” if a docking station were to be built outside their mansion block.

Another complaint said that bikes positioned under a tree would be covered in bird droppings. Other residents have expressed concern that drunken revellers indulging in “horseplay” might use the bikes. One Kensington resident said anybody wanting to cycle “will already own a bike”.

The Standard found that Westminster council has refused 29 docking stations. Twelve have been refused in Kensington and Chelsea, seven in Camden, six each in Islington — including one in Boris Johnson's own street — the City of London and Lambeth, five in Southwark, two each in the Royal Parks and in Tower Hamlets and one in Hackney.

The shortage of docking stations has left 1,000 bikes stranded in TfL contactor Serco's depot in Islington. It’s also led to complaints about shortages of bikes at Waterloo and other mainline stations, and of docking stations around Covent Garden. Serco has now deployed staff to Waterloo to ensure there are extra bikes and docking points during rush hours.

Camden council's planning committee turned down an application for a 30-bike docking station in Torrington Place, Bloomsbury, after 30 residents turned up to complain.

Andrew Marshall, a Tory member of the committee, called on other public organisations in central London, such as universities and hospitals, to help find space for docking stations.

A TfL spokeswoman said: “We have worked closely with the boroughs to identify the most suitable locations for docking stations and, as the planning authorities, they make the final decision and 76 sites that we applied for were turned down.

“We will continue to work with the boroughs to add to these... and remain on track to have 400 docking stations across the centre of the capital.”

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"Other residents have expressed concern that drunken revellers indulging in “horseplay” might use the bikes."

Whereas without the hire bikes, the drunken revellers will play the usual games with traffic cones or make a noise or whatever - no difference at all then. And this is put out as a concern?


posted by OldRidgeback [2516 posts]
18th August 2010 - 12:32


I don't get this... the stands look quite nice, I can't see it in any way reducing your property value, and if anything the addition of more transport options would increase it I would have thought. I was very happy to see one put up right outside my building in Southwark.

posted by spatterd [1 posts]
18th August 2010 - 12:40


I suspect this reflects the views of some residents who think that if you don't drive a 'chelsea tractor' then you are a trouble-making oik. Twits.

posted by mrsminx411 [86 posts]
18th August 2010 - 13:21


Upper class twits?


posted by OldRidgeback [2516 posts]
18th August 2010 - 14:47


yes if I had a hire bike docking facility outside my house I'd probably never use anything else.

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posted by Denzil Dexter [141 posts]
18th August 2010 - 15:20


I wonder if Boris was any good doing home work while at school.


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posted by antonio [1093 posts]
18th August 2010 - 17:36


antonio wrote:
I wonder if Boris was any good doing home work while at school.

Given he was at Eton, he probably had his fag do it for him.

That's going to confuse the hell out of any American visitors to the site Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9243 posts]
18th August 2010 - 17:50


antonio wrote:
I wonder if Boris was any good doing home work while at school.

He probably got his fag to do it. Wink

Done Nightrider 2013, 2014 and 2015 for Parkinson's UK. Next year? Who knows

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posted by jova54 [653 posts]
18th August 2010 - 17:51



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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
18th August 2010 - 18:05


Put compulsory purchase orders on all the homes of the NIMBIES who object to the bike parks. About £50K per mansion should be fine.

What a bunch of w____s!

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posted by bikeandy61 [467 posts]
18th August 2010 - 19:15