Sunday, 5 September 2010

The cycle hire scheme

I've been signed up to this since it started (somewhat accidentally) and have used it four or five times. It only extends as far as St John'w Wood or Maida Vale in this direction, so doesn't help Kensal Rise day-to-day life. But in the centre of London it seems to work quite well.

The bike is robust and quite easy to pedal, which I assume will remain the case as they will be maintained more often than normal. The 'basket' which is a bit at the front with an elasticated tie, is adequated. The docking stations are plentifuli, and the only problem I've found is some being empty or full at peak periods. I'm told you can see the details online.

3 comments:

Never Mind Me said...

If a station is full, you get an additional 15 minutes to make it to the next station. Can't wait for them to extend the stations to Kensal Rise.

Emma said...

If you have an iPhone there is a handy free app which has maps, a route planner, rental timer etc. The map has a pin for every bike station, and tells you how many bikes are available at a given time. The app is called London Cycle.

Steve said...

Do they have plans to extend this as far as the Rise? Know quite a few people round here who would be up for using this.