BORIS JOHNSON plans to take the blue bike hire scheme to large parts of south London, the first part of a planned extension across other parts of the capital.
“We want to extend it here,” Johnson told a meeting at the Battersea Arts Centre last night.
“I want to see more of the big blue bicycles going along Cycle Superhighway 7 all the way down here as well.”
The London Mayor’s comments suggest the hire scheme has a future well out into the suburbs, as the CS7 runs from The City down to Merton via Clapham.
As part of that grand plan for total London domination, Battersea looks like being the first step out of the central zone, the current home to the blue bikes.
“There is a compelling case for extending the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme into Battersea,” said Jane Ellison, MP for Battersea, who was also at last night’s meeting.
“There are plenty of suitable locations and dozens of docking stations north and east of Battersea to connect up with”.