Push out cycle hire like Paris

Just imagine if our cycle hire scheme was as big as Paris, like Boris suggested! Would it reach your home?

The blue dots on this map represent all the current Cycle Hire docking stations. The green line represents the extent of the Paris cycle hire scheme, and you can drag it around to see what London would look like with a Parisian-scale cycle hire scheme.

 

Green policy on cycle hire

When I worked with Transport for London to develop the idea of a London cycle hire scheme after visiting Paris in 2007, I wanted it to be at least as big as theirs. Since Boris launched his Barclays-branded version the Parisians have pedalled far ahead of his watered-down ambitions. Next year it will reach out east to Barclay’s offices in Canary wharf, but I would make good on the original idea to make sure more areas of south and north London benefit.

I would also look at rolling it out in outer London town centres like Croydon, Wimbledon, Ealing and Romford as part of a wider package to help people start cycling in the areas that TfL reckon there is the most potential.

This is just one of many cycle-friendly policies the Greens will be pushing in the 2012 elections.

Credits

The data for cycle hire docking stations is taken from OpenStreetMap (shared under theĀ Creative Commons attribution share-alike license). The map comes from CloudMade who produce maps using OpenStreetMap under the same license. Thanks!