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Council agrees to bring Boris bikes west

Thursday September 13, 2012

Boris bikes could become a common sight in west London, after Hammersmith & Fulham Council agreed it would help bring them to the borough.

The council decided last week (Monday, September 3) that a £2 million contribution towards the popular Barclays Hire Scheme will be paid but that developers will foot the bill – not the council taxpayer.

Also, the first potential docking station sites have been announced, with the council and Transport for London (TfL) currently narrowing down an original list of 200 potential spots across the borough to around 70.

Cllr Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler, H&F Council cabinet member for transport and technical services, said: "We are very keen to see the Boris Bike revolution expand westwards quickly. The council has suggested scores of possible docking station sites to TfL – many originally put forward by residents – and we have been reviewing them all.

“This is an excellent scheme that will encourage more people to get on their bikes and will not cost our residents a penny, as it is being paid through Section 106 money that is used for community improvements.”

TfL aims to install docking stations every 300-400 yards, with each stand hosting a minimum of 25 bikes. That means a total of around 1,500 hire bikes would come to the borough, if Phase 3 of the scheme to extend westwards is approved by TfL’s board later this year.

Sites that have been approved as viable by the council are Lillie Road, West Cromwell Road, North End Crescent, Blythe Road, and the Gorlesten Street entrance to Marcus Garvey Park.

Over 200 people contacted the council last year as part of the ‘Get H&F Moving’ campaign to offer their views on where the bike stations could be put, with officers from the council and TfL also making suggestions for spots. Each of the places has to be reviewed against a set of strict criteria to see if the site is suitable.

Each station will have to be agreed by TfL and would have to receive planning permission before anything is finalised. TfL will also hold a series of public consultation events about the scheme and locations of the stations in October.

The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme has 160,000 registered users – 3,900 of whom are H&F residents – with 8,333 bicycles at 587 docking stations across London. There is already one at Olympia train station, on the Kensington and Chelsea side of the border, and in spring this year four stations were installed at Westfield shopping mall in Shepherds Bush as part of Phase 2 of the scheme.

TfL is currently working on Phase 3 proposals to expand westwards to H&F, Wandsworth, Lambeth and Kensington & Chelsea.

Click here to see a map of the potential bike docking stations»  (pdf)

The consultation days will be held on:

  • Thursday 4 October, 12pm-2pm: Hammersmith Lyric Theatre, King Street, W6 0QL
  • Thursday 4 October, 5.30pm-7.30pm: Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road, SW6 5NX
  • Saturday 6 October, 10am-2pm: Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8LJ

» Send us your comments now

Loving all the new docking stations around parsons green, just wondering when they gonna be filled with bikes..... They been standing empty for a long time now...
From Stretch on 04/11/2013 at 11:17
I saw last night the early signs of docking stations around Ell Brook Common and Parsons Green, which is great news ... can you say when they will be working (hopefully before winter!!) and if there are any to be built around fulham Broadway/kings road. Thanks.
From Robert on 26/06/2013 at 09:43
Dear Sir or Madam,

Can someone please tell me when we are due to have the Boris/Barclay bikes in Hammersmith and Fulham?

I think they would be a fantastic addition to our council,


From Tom on 17/05/2013 at 10:43
Are there any timelines as to when this will go ahead?
From CB on 17/04/2013 at 14:55
The proposed docking staiton in Gorleston St W14 ref HF149 is unsuitable. This side street is a dangerous location at night and the bikes will be vandalised. A better location would be 50m away on North End Rd opposite Fitz James Avenue. The road is wider here and the location will be more visible
From DM on 08/04/2013 at 13:54
Please approve HF151!

From Tiff on 28/03/2013 at 11:09
please approve HF139 - great spot !!
From ss on 20/03/2013 at 22:01
This is very good news! I've been waiting for the Boris bikes for a long time. Please don't forget to put a dockin station in Putney Bridge area. Many thanks,
From Lucia on 27/10/2012 at 14:24
Can't wait for bikes by Barons Court station!
From Jane Spooner on 16/10/2012 at 21:02
Great HF027! But can we have ground anchors for motorbikes too? 10% increase in bikes/motorbikes results in 50% reduction in congestion!
From James on 14/10/2012 at 09:49
Great news!

Can''t wait to use the bike station H109.
From Mon on 08/10/2012 at 22:15
Agree with all comments re lack of expansion in Shepherds Bush, and particularly around the Uxbridge Road. Is this planned for a later stage? What's the rationale behind the decision?
From Michael H on 08/10/2012 at 13:15
Great planning. Not 1 bike rack in Shepherds Bush, Not 1 rack near Wormwood Scrums or Hammersmith Hospital. No racks nears the boroughs leisure centres and pools? Atually can someone explain why no bike racks have been considered in the whole of the north west of the borough?
From Jon on 06/10/2012 at 23:18
Great news! You have all our support H&F.
Is it possible to set up the HF080 station?

Thank you very much
From Joan on 05/10/2012 at 12:27
Starch green at southern end of ashchurch grove and goldhawk road at north end of ravenscourt park is perfect location for docking station
From Robert on 04/10/2012 at 19:44
Nothing on Askew rd, or Uxbridge road, huge number of cyclists here to link up to bikes already at westfield. We need a bike station at the junction of askew and Uxbridge rd. If you are rolling the bikes out throughout the borough then it must benefit every part of the borough, not just the wealthy south and east!
From Nick on 03/10/2012 at 22:23
It seems that the part of lillie road that is near to west brompton station along with ongar road and seagrave road has been "abandoned" just because they are the close to the bourough boundary--won''t make a good geographical transition for the whole scheme from K&C into H&F. Suggest one station along that bit of lillie road if possible to remedy the situation and serve residents around that bit?
From Angus on 30/09/2012 at 00:04
On the pdf map, the various ''proposed'' locations are indicated using different colours.

Unless I am missing something, these differences are unexplained.
From Mike on 29/09/2012 at 14:50
Stevenage Road definitely needs more.
Near the barrier/gym and also the Craven cottage end of Bishops Park.

The closer to the parks / river the better.

From Jason on 20/09/2012 at 18:52
More stations around:

- Hammersmith station (H+C/Circle);
- Hammersmith Grove; and
- Goldhawk Road station

should be considered.
From RK on 20/09/2012 at 11:36
HF114 and HF116 docking stations are too close together. One will be more than enough. There is far more space on Stevenage Road to install a docking station. It also makes more sense to have the docking station closer to the stadium/park as these are major destinations.
From Esther on 19/09/2012 at 22:24
It is an oversight that there are no stands planned in the west of the borough. Starch Green, for example, would be a perfect spot for a site. Also it would be good to have sites on the Uxbridge and Goldhawk Roads. I agree with a previous comment that we in the west are being treated as second class citizens.
From Geoff on 19/09/2012 at 01:49
I see you have listed Olympia as a site, even though most of us will be cut off from there by the threat to close the pedestrian bridge to the public.
For most of us, the bikes will first become further away.
From Richard on 18/09/2012 at 10:05
I find it is a good idea to be walking and cycling more in the city in general (health, exercise, environment). But as pointed out by other residents, there are an increasing number of cyclists in the area and not necessarily respecting the highway code (e.g. cycling on pavements). Perhaps it is partly due to the fact that safety is an issue for cyclists on the roads. I am walking everyday to work from Hammersmith to the White City area and witnessing situations where accidents are so close from happening.. e.g. cyclists being crushed between a bus and the pavement or when changing lane in the middle of the traffic.. I love cycling but would not take it here as I feel it is too dangerous and there is to much potential to be involved in an accident if doing it everyday.
From Julien on 16/09/2012 at 13:00
I very much welcome the extension of the scheme to H&F, especially to the alphabet streets (HF110, HF114, HF116, HF118, HF133 and HF168), which are not well served by public transport.
From John on 14/09/2012 at 20:58
A rack outside the Sands End Health Clinic on Wandsworth Bridge Road would fill a gap and be useful. Imperial Road is a bit out of the way for most people..
From David on 14/09/2012 at 18:46
Somewhere around Ravenscourt Ward would be nice..
From Ken W on 14/09/2012 at 18:31
Agree with several previous comments why is nothing happening in Shepherds Bush?
Shepherd Bush Green is currently being redeveloped, nothing is shown for this. Again nothing for Goldhawk Road,Uxbridge Road, Wood Lane and Askew Road. Why are we the poor relations?
From John on 14/09/2012 at 18:08
Great news but can''t believe what people are messaging ; how on earth can we create dedicated lanes when roads are already clogged upband how on earth can we have helmet boxes? They''ll be vandalised asap. Wake up folks; this is a new scheme and will improve slowly; I for one LOVE it and never ever pay for buses or tubes anymore. It''s been fabulously cheap but must say I live very close to docking areas; if anything I''d say get more docking stations installed; and cyclist should be responsible for learning HOW to cycle safely; it''s YOUR life not the council''s so stop the blame game :-)
From Nick L on 14/09/2012 at 17:34
what about ravenscourt park, askew road, goldhawk road, brackenbury village etc. if you are going to do something please do it properly
From billythefish on 14/09/2012 at 17:07
Unfortunately the growing numbers of cyclists in general tend to range from over aggresive to suicidal in their approach to cycling & adding new inexperienced cyclists will only excacerbate the problem. Too many cyclists have little or no regard for other road users, be they pedestrians or motorists. Many, if not all ,have a total disregard for the rules of the road ignoring traffic lights & pedestrian crossings to the detriment of pedestrian saftey, something ignored by police. While the use of bicycles is to be aplauded I feel cyclist sold be identifiable ( number plates ) & be forced to carry insurance , as do other road users , then we might see the ever growing numbers of cyclists be more careful when it comes to other road users & pedestrians in general which would also improve their personal saftey too . Anyone who's been knocked down on a pedestrian crossing or at the lights by a cyclist will agree that these people should not be alowed to break the laws of the road with imuneity due to the annoymous nature of themselves & their cycle, as would anyone who's had their vehicle damged by a cyclist.
From Chris Mallia on 14/09/2012 at 16:39
Until they find a way of providing safety helmets for people using these bikes (a lockable conainer needing a code, perhaps) I am reluctant to give agreement to their introduction to my borough.
It would be helpful to have the statistics of accidents involving Boris Bikes.
From Lyndat Tapnell on 14/09/2012 at 16:33
I think the extension is great. This could have been really useful to get from Hammersmith to East Acton or to White City but there are no proposed docking stations in that corner of the borough, a shame for residents but also a missed opportunity to increase ability of visiting health and council workers to get to homes, clinics and schools. This could increase efficiency of local services, always better for local authority and local people.
From Kim on 14/09/2012 at 15:46
A great idea but please ensure that cyclists obey the Highway Code and definitely no cycling on the footpaths
From Michael on 14/09/2012 at 15:44
I would like to support the scheme, specifically HF097, HF098, HF099, HF157. There should also be a greater push to have dedicated cycle paths in west london.
Regards, Ruben
From Ruben on 14/09/2012 at 15:41
What about Brackenbury Village and Goldhawk Road?! Why the focus on Fulham but not the north of the borough?
From BS on 14/09/2012 at 15:16
All good news (one almost outside my house!), but agree with Chandra's comment - there needs to be big signs telling users about the Highway Code - specifically about NOT riding on the pavement (and perhaps some police enforcement when people break the Code!).
From Sophie on 14/09/2012 at 14:51
I am a Crabtree Estate resident and fully support the provision of stations HF108 and HF109 -- residents of the estate want to be able to use these bikes to get around the borough, too. Consideration ought to be given to siting a docking station to the north of the Fulham Palace Road / Rosedew Road junction, where the pavement is wide enough to accommodate it.
From Martyn on 14/09/2012 at 14:44
Really disappointed that the area around Askew Road, Uxbridge Rd and Goldhawk Rd is the only one that will not get any station in borough.
Why leaving this area out? Are there any plan to fully cover the Borough so all council tax payers benefit equally from the scheme?
From JB on 14/09/2012 at 13:53
I strongly support the extension of the Barclays Bike scheme westwards into Hammersmith but new docking stations must be sited near transport hubs and commercial centres and not in purely residential areas. I do not support proposals for HF108 and HF109 which are too far from The Broadway and too intrusive into the Crabtree Estate, but the Crisp Road (HF076) and Distillery Road (HF092) stations would have utility and viability. The stations by Putney Bridge Station (HF047 and HF139) should have been closer to the station itself so as to be visible to bus and tube users.
From Ian Wade on 14/09/2012 at 13:37
Bringing bikes into H&F may be a good thing but teaching users to cycle properly and correctly on the roads and not to use pavements is more important. They should be taught to follow the Highway code. Every stand or cycle should display a notice warning users to follow the code.
From Chandra on 14/09/2012 at 13:34
Really pleased about this. Thanks H&F.
From MirandaS on 14/09/2012 at 13:22
This is great news! Cycle hire will add another very flexible public transport option to our area. I have made good use of it in Central London and look forward to having the option closer to home. Thanks, TfL and LBHF!
From Pete in Fulham on 14/09/2012 at 13:11
brilliant new re bike extension and finally! Can't wait, in particular as I just had my bike stolen at Barons Court station.
From Lis on 14/09/2012 at 12:53
HF084, HF079, HF144 and HF142 should be a must in the planning for the Boris Bike docking stations across H&F and W14.
From Anonymous W14 on 14/09/2012 at 12:35
I am very keen that station HF078 goes ahead - there is definite demand in this street. My only comment, based on previous experience, is that at the Western Edge of the area, in the evenings, stations tend to fill up the closer you are to the western edge of the scheme. This makes it all the more important that all the stations down the Fulham Palace Road are approved. This really is excellent news!
From Peter on 14/09/2012 at 12:31
I am very keen that station HF078 goes ahead - there is definite demand in this street. My only comment, based on previous experience, is that at the Western Edge of the area, in the evenings, stations tend to fill up the closer you are to the western edge of the scheme. This makes it all the more important that all the stations down the Fulham Palace Road are approved. This really is excellent news!
From Peter on 14/09/2012 at 12:31
How about moving westwards down and around the Uxbridge Road? The area is incredibly residential and would be a real success there I believe.
From dnlmend on 14/09/2012 at 12:28
Fantastic news! You have my support.

This could reduce local traffic, raise property value and get you fit!

Well done H&F.
From Mitch on 14/09/2012 at 12:22
Looking for stands in Stamford Brook/Starch Green area
From Alun on 14/09/2012 at 12:19


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