With less than a week to go before the Cycle Hire Scheme finally gets the switch on in Tower Hamlets, I am still waiting for a definitive map of where the cycle hire docking stations will be located. The map on the TfL website would qualify as a dictionary definition of uselessness.
Fortunately, last year the Evening Standard got hold of a map of where planning permission would be requested – and I was rather pleased to note that a bike stand would be installed outside the block of flats where I live. Sadly objected to by the neighbouring block of flats.
The big question has been, what is the final approved layout of bike stands – there is no hint of a map anywhere.
There is a big display stand extolling the virtues of the Boris Bikes outside Canary Wharf tube station, and yes they do have maps of where the bike stands will go. Apparently, they are very rare. Hurrah! Oh, hang on, that map doesn’t look right.
Looking at my area – the Isle of Dogs, the map is below. The red dots are from their map, and the black dots I added showing where bike stands should be expected based on the planning applications.
You might notice a lot more black dots for hoped-for bike stands than red dots for delivered bike stands.
What you might not notice but the red dots are themselves wrong.
I know for a fact that there is one on Alpha Grove as it has ended up being the nearest one to where I live and I manually checked the location last week. But it isn’t shown on their “official map” with a red dot.
Likewise the one to the east of Canary Wharf – I know it’s there because I saw the construction work going on last week – but no red dot here either.
This is a brand new map being issued to promote the cycle hire scheme, and it is already out of date before the expansion goes live.