Boris Bikes a'plenty across Hackney and the capital, but are they just an Olympic stunt?
By Sophie_RT | Saturday, February 11, 2012, 16:07
Hackney is one of many London boroughs to welcome fleets of new "Boris bikes" next month. The Mayor has announced almost two and a half thousand new bicycles across the capital, mainly in the East of the city and for the first time incorporating Tower Hamlets. The Hackney newbies will be based in Shoreditch and are aimed to ease congestion, aid commuters and encourage tourists.
The iconic bicycles are being introduced to more places across East London, including Hackney's Shoreditch
But in an article on the BBC website yesterday, mayoral candidate for the Green Party, Jenny Jones, is quoted criticising the expansion for being motivated by the Olympic Games. She revealed that cyclists would still not be able to access the Barclays bikes within the Olympic part because the bank "is not a tier-one sponsor of the Olympics".
So is it right to be cynical of these abundant gestures to the East End? New bikes, new buildings, new training schemes for our youngsters. Should we view these efforts as empty PR stunts that will only last as long as The Games, or should we make the most of them in a time of national cuts and austerity?
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