The latest edition of Snipe is out on the streets along with my take on Boris's promised "cycling revolution"
"The most remarkable thing about Boris Johnson’s “cycling revolution” is that there doesn’t appear to have been one. Despite millions of pounds of investment, reams of publicity and a high-profile cycling mayor, the amount of journeys taken by bike is low and is expected to remain so..."Boris’s new bike hire scheme is proving popular but it’s on a frustratingly small scale with fewer than a third of the number of bikes as the Paris Vélib’ scheme covering less than half of the area."And while lots of Londoners are using the new bikes, multiple software faults and delays to open registration mean that many more have chosen to keep away for now."
You can read the whole column online over here.
Since going to press, we've learnt that casual and tourist use has been delayed again, this time until Christmas.
It's a big blow to what I still think has been the best thing that Boris done as mayor.
That he and TfL are failing to capitalise on the scheme's early success is a real shame but is perhaps to be expected.
As others have noted, while a fantastic addition to London, it was never going to cause the kind of "cycling revolution" that has been seen in other cities.
To start a real revolution would need the kind of vision (and money) that Boris hasn't got.
Unfortunately what we do still have is a lot of PR for Boris and a glamour model as "cycling ambassador."
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