Thursday, 11 November 2010

Waterloo new giant cycle hire station details

AMENDMENT: For an update on the City's cycle docking situation go here.

If you want to write to someone in the City about this, then write to the relevant council man for your ward. The list of council men is here. Select the ward relevant to you from the map link at the bottom of the page
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I was sent this by another person who cycles in the City last night. First view of the new Boris bike station at Waterloo and TfL's email on how it's going to work, when it will be switched on etc.

For those keen to know more, see below:

Thank you for your email dated 2 November, regarding the Barclays Cycle Hire docking station at Waterloo.

TfL has been working in partnership with Network Rail to install a docking station at Waterloo Station which will consist of 128 docking point. The station will be located close to the main entrance of Waterloo Station and will be the first to be installed at a mainline rail station. Construction started on 1 November and the station is expected to be operational by mid-December 2010.

Please find attached the plans for the station. The cycle lane will be changing use to a shared use surface and will be made wider. This will be highly beneficial to the area as it will formalise what currently happens with pedestrians and users of the other cycle parking facility who currently walk up the cycle path.

Thank you once again for taking the time to contact us and I hope my email has answered your questions.

Two bits caught my eye:

The station will be located close to the main entrance of Waterloo Station and will be the first to be installed at a mainline rail station

There was nothing in yesterday's announcement here about more docks at mainline rail stations. However, is TfL suggesting there may be more to come at the likes of Euston and Paddington?

Sadly, there's also more mention of removing the bike lane and introducing shared-space, a concept so beloved of UK urban planning but seemingly a near-unknown elsewhere.

The cycle lane will be changing use to a shared use surface and will be made wider. This will be highly beneficial to the area as it will formalise what currently happens with pedestrians and users of the other cycle parking facility who currently walk up the cycle path.


Basically, the bike lane that leads up from York Road is going, most of it to be filled with bike docks. Instead, there will be a large pedestrian and cyclist shared space leading down the ramp from the station with a short bit of bike lane immediately next to the docking station to indicate where you're supposed to be. What I can't quite make out from the plans is whether the service road that leads into Waterloo and crosses the existing bike path (currently somewhere where taxis try to barge in front of people on foot or on bikes) is still going to remain or not. It looks like it might be for the chop, which is good news for anyone not inside a motor cage.

If someone could tell me how to upload PDFs into blogger, I'd be able to show you what it looks like.

AMENDED

View the plans on this PDF here (apologies in advance for the ads on the zshare site. It's free after all....)