Objectives and justification
Our proposal is to extend the coverage to include Bermondsey and the Rotherhithe peninsula, including Surrey Docks . The core area would be SE16 plus the part of SE1 not already covered, but with the ultimate objective of including the whole of “The Gap” in our map.
- Residents in the target area are being unfairly disadvantaged. Why the big gap? Why are we being discriminated against?
- Boris Bikes are seen in the area, but are not capable of being docked, so users are unable to return them and therefor pay excess usage charges
- The transport system in the area is struggling – Canada Water station and the Jubilee line are often over capacity. The bus services (381 and C10) are truly awful with services unexpectedly turned round erratic timing (bunching interspersed with huge gaps) and often overloaded.
- Especially in Rotherhithe, there is intensive development with a rapidly increasing population. The cycle scheme would go some way towards relieving pressure on public transport
- This is a popular and diverse area, with a variety of attractions including street markets, parks, the unique wildlife area at Russia Dock Woodlands, the Brunel Museum, watersports in Surrey Quays and the popular Thames Path to name a few. The cycle scheme would provide better access for residents and visitors alike.
“When I return from work to Canada Water station I would love to have an alternative to the shambolic bus service. Wave my Oyster (once that is enabled for bikes), jump on a bike and cycle back through the Russia Dock Woodlands. Faster than the bus, good exercise, and a chance to see the elusive Kingfishers.”