TfL tells Barclays Cycle Hire members to take care in the snow and may review operations

Scheme fully operational for now, but may need to be scaled back if conditions deteriorate

by Simon_MacMichael   December 1, 2010  

Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme bikes on hire station © Simon MacMichael.jpg

Transport for London (TfL) has warned the 100,000+ members of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme to be particularly careful during the current cold snap affecting the capital, and has hinted that it may have to scale back the scope of operations should wintry conditions continue.

London, like much of the rest of the UK, has seen heavy snowfall in recent days and conditions have been made even more hazardous by freezing temperatures leading to icy patches on the roads.

In an email sent to members of the scheme, James Mead, Operations Manager of Barclays Cycle Hire, said: “I am writing to you to ask that, with the weather as it currently is, you take extra care when using Barclays Cycle Hire, particularly on roads which may not have been gritted.”

He continued: “It is our intention to keep Barclays Cycle Hire fully operational during this current spell of cold weather. However, should it become difficult for us to deploy our cycle redistribution vehicles due to the snowy and icy conditions, then it may be necessary to review this.

“TfL is of course working around the clock and liaising with colleagues in the local borough councils to keep the roads clear.

Mr Mead added: “TfL's cycling website has been updated with hints and tips to help you get the most out of cycling in London this winter. For more information please visit the safety and training pages at”

If you want further advice on how to cope with snow and ice while riding your bike, don’t forget that you can always consult our own guide.

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reasonable enough, nothing knee jerk about it. Always a good plan to promote how cycling can be feasible in these weather conditions and also useful to highlight that any problems with it will likely be caused by motor traffic.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
2nd December 2010 - 9:26

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