Where do you want to park your bike?

The expansion of the ‘Boris Bike’ cycle hire scheme in to West London is being planned, with people asked to suggest locations for docking stations.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced earlier this year that Barclays Cycle Hire would expand westwards after the sponsor agreed to provide an additional £25 million. Hammersmith & Fulham Council is now working with Transport for London (TfL) to indentify locations for up to 60 local docking stations, and are asking people to suggest suitable or desirable locations.

Cllr Nick Botterill, H&F Council Deputy Leader, said: “Rolling out Boris bikes into our borough promises to relieve some of the pressure on our congested roads and jam-packed tubes, reduce pollution and give residents another option when choosing how to get around.”

“Once we have a comprehensive list of possible sites drawn up we will feed this back to TfL so that the suggestions put forward will include the ones that the community wants. It is then up to TfL to decide which suggestions are feasible.”

Cycling projects have been shown to give a return of £3 for every £1 spent – with much of this coming in health benefits, according to the London Cycling Campaign.

Westfield Shopping Centre is to provide funding that will allow an early taster of the western expansion by extending Barclays Cycle Hire to the shopping centre by spring 2012. Approximately 12 new docking stations will connect the existing cycle hire zone to Westfield White City and six docking stations will potentially be on the grounds of Westfield London itself. To suggest a location for a docking station visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/getmoving.

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