Since March this year the London Bike Hire Scheme was extended to the East End, with areas such as Mile End, Canary Wharf and Bethnal Green now being home to almost 5,000 docking stations.
Boris Johnson had also announced plans that the famous blue hire bikes were going to be expanded to south and west London.
This announcement had however been met with criticism, particularly from south Londoners, many of whom were worried about the crime connected to the bike hire scheme’s docking stations and the fact that London is forking out millions of pounds on expanding the transport project during a time when Tube and bus fares have risen in London.
Although despite some opposition, London’s famous blue bikes are gathering momentum across the capital, with the confirmation that the Barclay’s bikes and the necessary docking stations are to be installed at the Olympic Park.
The installation of the hire bikes will take place as soon as the Paralympic Games end of September 9 2012.
According to a press release released by the London Assembly’s Media Office and published on London.Gov.UK, Kulveer Ranger, Boris Johnson’s mayoral aide, was optimistic about the bike scheme entering Olympic Park.
“Right after the Paralympic Games, we have plans o expand the scheme into the park. The Olympic Park will be a wonderful place this summer and it will have lots of things going on. Rather than complicate the situation by adding the bikes into the mix, they will go right to the edge of it.”
In the same press release, the London Mayor reiterated Ranger’s enthusiasm for the London bike hire scheme.
“Our wonderful blue bikes have changed the face of London and introduced a new form of public transport that has eased getting around our great city for thousands of Londoners and made the capital even more attractive to visitors,” said Boris Johnson.
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