TfL to install over 100 bike docking points near major rail stations
TfL has said it will install 105 new Santander Cycles docking points around Network Rail stations in central London to boost connectivity.
This is to boost connectivity between different modes of transport and allow commuters and visitors arriving into London to pick up a cycle easily, TfL said.
New docking stations will be installed around Paddington, Blackfriars and Victoria stations, as well as near to Queensway Tube station, in the coming weeks. The docking station along Tooley Street near London Bridge station will also have ten extra docking points for cycles.
“Last year saw a record number of cycling journeys across London, and our Santander Cycles continue to be a huge success,” said Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner. “Having more docking stations around key transport hubs will make it easier for people to cycle as part of their everyday routine, whether commuters heading to and from the office, or visitors travelling around our city.”
New docking Santander Cycles stations have been installed throughout the year, including at Victoria Park and at Westminster Pier, and plans have been announced for five new docking stations along Cycleway 4 in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, TfL said.
Hubs have also been provided at popular locations to ensure people have been able to hire and dock bikes during peak times over the past year, TfL explained. Permanent hubs are in place at Waterloo, King’s Cross and Holborn and temporary hubs were in place over the summer, resulting in an increase in people hiring and docking.
“Cycling has multiple benefits – from keeping fit and improving wellbeing to getting around the capital in an easy, green and enjoyable way,” added Helen Sharp, Head of Cycle Hire Business Development at TfL. “Millions of people arrive into these major rail stations each day and by bringing Santander Cycles closer and making them more convenient we hope even more Londoners and visitors will use the scheme to cycle around the capital.”
TfL has also said that with next year marking ten years of cycle hire in London and five years of Santander sponsorship of the scheme, a series of events is being planned.