By Linus Rees
The first of several cycle hire stations arrived in Fitzrovia this morning and drew interest from residents, commuters and tourists. The first of the cycle docking stations are sited on the corner of Scala Street and Charlotte Street. The scheme is due to be launched on 30 July.
While many people have welcomed a scheme that encourages cycling, some residents have complained about the location of the docking stations, which can be used 24-hours-a-day, near to homes.
In Great Titchfield Street residents lost their battle to stop a docking station placed within a few metres of bedroom windows when Westminster City Council granted permission. In Huntley Street residents are also concerned about the proposed placing of the docking stations near to homes.
In Goodge Street cycle stands were moved after payment from a local business who wanted them sited elsewhere.
Elsewhere in London, docking stations have been refused planning permission because of concerns about noise nuisance at night.
See London cycle hire scheme for more information.
London Cycle Campaign has called on London’s drivers to take more care after the cycle hire scheme launches on 30 July. — Cycle Hire users depend on London drivers taking more care
Cycling is not dangerous — writes Dr Robert Davis, of the Road Danger Reduction Forum