– Darren Johnson AM, Green Party
The steep decline in numbers using the cycle hire scheme and therefore the revenue raised from user fees poses questions over whether this heavily subsidised operation is really offering good value for money for the London taxpayer.
It may be that the drop in cycle hire usage reflects a dip in the growth of cycling more broadly across London, but the Mayor can address both problems by working with TfL to make our roads safer for cyclists and encouraging the uptake of cycling in our city, including on hire bikes.
- The number of cycle hires in September this year has decreased by 32% year-on-year
- In January 2013 cycle hire scheme access fees increased from £1 to £2 per day, £5 to £10 a week and £45 to £95 a year
- A TfL report based shows there has been ‘an increase in those saying that they will not renew their membership when it runs out; up to 20 per cent from eight per cent in June 2012’
The Green Party say new figures show the number of hires for 'Boris Bikes' has plummeted by a third.