London cycle hire expansion steers clear of South East London

Ross Lydall has a copy of a map showing how the TfL London cycle hire scheme will be expanded in to the East End and further in to West and South West London early next year. In addition to creating new docking stations, the project will involve more bikes being added to the most popular docking stations.

The bad news of course is that none of the docking stations will come anywhere further South East than Bermondsey. The scheme is designed with casual cyclists and tourists in mind. For the former group, the relative lack of employment hubs and river crossings in the South East and East are significant impediments to making a South East expansion viable, while for the latter, the Old Kent and Jamaica Roads represent formidable barriers to hotspots like Greenwich. We are probably doomed to be forever without them.