Would like to know if you have a view on why Greenwich has no access to the London bike scheme and has not been included in any expansion scheme.
The Phantom replies:
Why yes, oddly I do, Wyl, thank you for asking. I think the answer’s simple: cash.
Bascially if they were to include Greenwich, they would have to send those little trucks trundling all the way round from the town centre via one of the bridges or the tunnels to bring bikes/take them away and by road it’s a bloomin’ long way.
I often see people bringing Boris bikes over to Greenwich and think ‘ you poor things, you do realise you’re going to have to take ‘em right back afterwards – there’s no dock to be had here.
It would be great to have a dock at the Cutty Sark so people could bring their bikes over to see the sights or even for us to bimble around home town but to do it in isolation would be hugely expensive, and to roll it out all the way from London Bridge to us, via Bermondsey/Rohtherhithe/Deptford, desirable as it might be, nigh-on ruinous.
I know – it seems such a short distance from Island Gardens, but with the Thames in the way and no viable river crossing that doesn’t involve a heck of a long way round I can’t see any expansion happening soon, much as I’d like it.
But maybe someone else has a different idea? Maybe I’ve got it all wrong and it wouldn’t be that pricey after all?