They're to be commended for increasing capacity to attempt to catch up with demand, and as Robin Gisby (director of operations and customer services at Network Rail) explains they are addressing cyclist's concerns about safety and capacity head on:
"...[we] will continue to explore ways to increase the provision of cycle racks at stations across the Capital and beyond.”
London's major stations, by comparison, have just 2860 cycle parking spots between them so says London's Evening Standard newspaper. And a city-wide population of 8 million people. Some fairly substantial stations, such as the Vauxhall hub, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street and Charing Cross provide no on-site cycle parking whatsoever.
The Mayor of London's efforts to push cycling as a viable means of transport are, of course, a good thing. But I'm afraid if we are really going to have a cycling revolution in our city (as oppose to just a small increase in cycling levels) the money needs to spent, and the space put aside, to build the infrastructure that will make cycling in London everyday and ordinary.
Still, we are all able to do our bit. Network Rail is to invest some £3.25 billion into their stations over the next few years, £2 bilion of which will be on stations here in our capital. And guess what? They'd like to know what you would like them to spend the money on. And you could win £2000 in doing so. Hmmm, where to start? Showers or cycle repair stations? How about some of those wheel troughs for getting bikes up and down station underpasses? Or maybe even just secure mass cycle parking at every station?Decisions decisions... Add your voice here.