lectric “Boris bikes” are set to be added to London’s fleet of rent bikes, it may be revealed.
A feasibility examine has been carried out and e-bikes are anticipated to be launched beneath a two-year revamp of the scheme from April.
Transport for London chiefs say e-bikes, which use a battery-powered motor to make pedalling simpler, might make biking extra engaging to a wider vary of Londoners and can stop the lack of prospects to e-scooters and dockless e-bikes.
The scheme was launched in 2010 and has 14,000 bikes and 800 docking stations. Customers have made nearly 100m journeys, with journeys up six per cent year-on-year, helped by a rise in biking as a result of pandemic.
A report back to TfL’s funding committee mentioned: “A programme of works has began to modernise, electrify and develop the cycle rent system. This entails upgrading the back-office cost system, introducing e-bikes to the fleet and increasing the scheme to areas of potential progress.”
TfL’s roads chief Gareth Powell mentioned he needed to develop the geographical “footprint” of the scheme in keeping with the introduction of recent cycle lanes. Talks are mentioned to be progressing effectively with scheme sponsor Santander to increase its deal past 2022.
The CS4 cycleway linking Tower Bridge and Rotherhithe through Bermondsey opened in September with three new docking stations, and the promise of three extra.
It comes as TfL’s annual Journey in London report discovered that strolling and biking accounted for nearly half of all journeys made between April and June, as Londoners adopted covid steering to keep away from public transport.
Talking in regards to the continued recognition of the Mayor’s bike scheme, Mr Powell instructed the TfL board final week: “We’re having document utilization for the time of 12 months. We’re very inspired by that.
“What that suggests is that biking exercise that some people got here again to for the primary time in the summertime months is constant on as a sustainable type or transport via into the winter.
“We’re eager to place ahead each the geographical growth of the scheme and likewise replace the scheme and take a look at new types of know-how, equivalent to e-bikes. We’re trying on the funding path for each of these.”
Mr Powell added: “By way of geographical growth, the growth that’s referred to within the report is an instance of the place we try to mix the manufacturing of biking infrastructure, equivalent to new cycle lanes, with availability of rent bikes.
“That is likely one of the methods we’re very eager to ‘activate’ the infrastructure funding that we’re making for protected biking, with then provision of rent cycles within the native space.
“We’re hopeful that sooner or later, topic to funding, in fact, that we will roll-out each a geographic growth and an uprating of the system with new types of bicycle know-how, which we all know are extra accessible to a wider vary of people, probably – and that’s actually essential for us to verify now we have a really large providing for the Santander scheme.”