When Boris Johnson’s cycle scheme was first announced he was condemned by the left as being off his rocker thinking such a scheme could work in London. When he had his first hiccup the usual suspects were interviewed and given far more air time than Boris on the BBC to declare “I told you so”. . How strange!
I have put some figures below that indicate that it has been quite a success and the silence from the left is deafening.
Now, as my readers know, I would never vote for the Tory, Labour or LibDem traitors (to this country) but I do believe in giving credit where it is due. Well done Boris.
350,000 journeys made on Boris Johnson’s cycle scheme in its first month. Now around 17,000 journeys a day are now being made on these bikes.
In the month since the launch of London’s brand new public transport system, almost 70,000 people have signed up as members of the Mayor’s scheme, making more than 350,000 journeys between them.
There are now 335 cycle hire locations in central London, 20 more than when the scheme launched on 30 July.
Construction is set to start on around new four docking stations every week from early September, and all 400 stations that make up Phase One of the cycle hire scheme should be fully operational by the end of the year.
17,000 journeys are already being made every weekday despite the system currently being available to members only.
This is expected to rise significantly with the roll-out of the scheme to casual users by the end of this year. The significant existing demand for the scheme means that the Mayor and TfL want to ensure the operating and distribution systems are as robust as possible before rolling it out further.
The moral of this story is, whatever your politics, don’t pay too much attention to the armchair experts wheeled in to pollute our atmosphere with lots of hot smelly air. Smelly because of the orifice used to espouse their cause.