Greenwich Council

Agenda item

Petition Report - Extension of the Mayor of London's Cycle Hire Scheme to Royal Greenwich - 2202.01

The Committee to note receipt of a petition from residents requesting the Council develop a pro-active proposal to Transport for London (TfL) for the extension of the Mayor of London’s cycle hire Scheme to the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and a response which will be summarised and reported to the next meeting of Full Council.

 

Minutes:

The Senior Transport Planner gave an illustrative presentation to the report, advising the Committee to note receipt of, and comment on proposals in response to a written petition presented at full Council Meeting on 22 February 2017 by Councillor Matt Clare on behalf of the petitioners.

 

The Committee noted the report, and that the petitioners were requesting that the Council should develop a pro-active proposal to Transport for London (TfL) for the extension of the Mayor of London’s (MoL) cycle hire scheme to the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Royal Borough).

 

In response to questions raised, the Senior Transport Planner advised the Committee that the Council had made several requests for clarification following positive statements by the previous Mayor to extend the cycle hire scheme to the Royal Borough.  In spite of that, there had been no comments from TfL and the Greater London Authority’s officials on the matter.  However, the Council would continue to work with TfL to reinforce its commitments to implement the scheme to the Royal Borough, and for an opportunity to explore alternative funding streams

 

Commenting on the latter response, the Committee sought clarification and was advised by the Senior Transport Planner that figures from research findings highlighted that the cost of extending the MoL’s cycle hire scheme to the Royal Borough would be in the region of £2 million, and that it was unlikely the funding would be met from within the Council’s budget.  However, the Council was undertaking pilots of smaller schemes, and exploring the feasibility of a large scale alternative to the Santander Cycle Hire Scheme, with the intention to develop proposals for wider expansion of cycle hire to suitable locations within the Royal Borough.

 

The Senior Transport Planner also informed the Committee that the Council was working with Imperial College to evaluate other models that would not require substantial infrastructure to operate.  In addition to that, the Council would be launching an e-bike trial scheme in Greenwich West and Peninsular wards, and would continue with development work on the implementation of a Brompton Bike Dock in those areas.

 

The Committee made further enquiries and was advised by the Senior Transport Planner that the average charge time on e-bikes was approximately two hours.  It was stated that legislation provided that the speed limit should be 20kpm.  In spite of these requirements, e-bikes were easier to use, lighter in weight, and affordable.  However, if the electrical support shuts off, peddling of e-bikes would be marginally heavier.

 

The Senior Transport Planner continued responding to questions raised, advising the Committee that in order to explore the benefits of the Santander Cycle Hire scheme and alternative systems that were emerging in the marketplace, Council officers would be attending the ‘Bike Sharing in Outer London Boroughs’ event, which would be hosted by TfL.  The Committee suggested that the Council could perhaps also consider a joined-up cycle hire network scheme with neighbouring London Borough of Southwark at or around the Canada Water area.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That the petition from residents requesting the Council develop a pro-active proposal to Transport for London (TfL) for the extension of the Mayor of London’s cycle hire Scheme to the Royal Borough of Greenwich, be noted.

 

2.                  That the response to the petition as set out in this report, which would be summarised and reported to the next meeting of full Council, be noted.

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