Hire bike scheme to expand to more areas

Friday, 9th July 2021 — By Constance Kampfner

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MORE hire bikes are on the way with Transport for London ready to set up new docking stations in Islington.

The scheme, sponsored by the Santander bank, will have new options around the Essex Road as part of the additions.

Kate Hudson, a consultant who lives in the area, started asking for more docking stations three years ago and said she was thrilled that her campaigning had finally paid off.

“If you’re down in Canonbury you have to hike it all the way to Angel or Shoreditch Park to get a bike,” she said. “We’re so central here, it struck me as weird that we’re so underserviced, when you can get bikes as far out as Stratford.”

Ms Hudson had rallied fellow members of the Islington Community Group on Facebook, who sent in multiple requests to Transport for London.

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