Five new cycle docking stations will be built in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to meet the ‘unprecedented demand’ for hire bikes.
According to TfL, May was the most popular month ever for hires of the Santander bikes – commonly called Boris bikes – with over 1.1m hires.
The agency said that five new docking stations will be built along the Cycleway 4 route this summer, which is currently under construction.
It will ultimately see a cycle path from Tower Bridge to Greenwich created.
Tower Wharf, George Row, and Bermondsey station will see new docking stations. The Rotherhithe roundabout and Canada Water station will also get new docking points.
Meanwhile, a docking station at London Bridge will be created at the end of the year, pledges TfL.
Because of the 2m social distancing rule, the agency says that it could only safely accommodate around fifteen per cent of capacity on its tubes and buses.
“London is facing a significant transport challenge and more people will now need to walk and cycle to ensure that there is enough space on public transport for people who need to use it,” said TfL’s head of cycle hire, David Eddington.
It comes after ambitious ‘Streetspace’ plans were announced by the Mayor.
These will see the roads between London Bridge and Shoreditch be made car-free, to allow for more social distanced walking and cycling.
THE NEW DOCKING STATION LOCATIONS:
- Tower Wharf
- George Row
- Bermondsey Station
- Rotherhithe Roundabout
- Canada Water Station
- London Bridge Station (by end of the year)