TAXPAYERS could avoid paying a penny towards the £2m cost for Boris Bikes in Hammersmith and Fulham as possible locations for docking stations are revealed for the first time.
Transport for London (TfL) and H&F Council are in the advanced stages of planning the roll-out of the popular cycle hire scheme, sponsored by Barclays, in west London next year.
The council has been told it will have to pay the sum by 2015 but plan to avoid using public money by charging developers building in the borough.
“The most appropriate source of funding is from developers,” said a council report. “Officers have been negotiating with developers on the provision of funding for the cycle hire scheme since the extension was mooted by TfL in the summer of 2011.”
The Boris Bikes scheme sees people able to hire one of 8,333 bicycles for a flat fee of a £1 and use them for free for 30 minutes before charges set in.
Users dock in and out of one of 587 stations and, since its launch in 2010, there have been 13 million hires and 160,000 people registered to the scheme.
The council and TfL are currently reviewing a list of locations to host between 60 and 70 docking stations every 300 to 400 metres in H&F.
Sites provisionally approved include in Hurlingham Road, at the junction of Foskett Road, and at the Lillie Road entrance of Normand Park.
West Cromwell Road, North End Crescent and Blythe Road, in West Kensington, and the Gorlesten Street entrance to Marcus Garvey Park (pictured) have also been approved.
Possible sites still being reviewed include in Shepherd's Bush Road, opposite Brook Green and the Wolverton Gardens junction of Hammersmith Road.
The council report added: “In order to facilitate efficient servicing, they stipulate that each station should have spaces for a minimum of 25 bicycles.
“Possible sites suggested by the public, TfL officers and council officers have been evaluated against a range of criteria, including the effects on car parking, trees, crime prevention, waste, highways, parks, heritage and conservation and planning, with several sites eliminated where there are fundamental objections on one or more of these grounds.
“Sites which have survived this process are being designed in detail to TfL, who intend to hold a series of public exhibitions in the borough in the autumn to get the views of the public on them.
“They will then apply to the council for planning permission for each site.”
Council cabinet members will vote whether to push forward with the scheme at their monthly meeting on Monday.