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Statement on dockless bikes

Published: 29 July 2022

Abandoned bikes on pavement

Westminster City Council has written to four dockless bike operators following a wave of bikes being abandoned on the city’s pavements and roads.

There is not currently an agreement in place for dockless bikes to park in Westminster, and the council has been inundated with complaints about blocked pavements, particularly around Underground stations. Abandoned bikes are a safety hazard to pedestrians, particularly to those with mobility issues or visual impairment.

The council is supportive of new forms of transport that contribute to a cleaner environment and is currently engaged in a trial on e-scooters. However, the current free for all on dockless bikes is unsustainable.

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality, has this week written to Tier, Dott, Lime and Human Forest to remind them of their responsibilities to pedestrians and road users.

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality said:

We’re really excited about the potential for new technology to help clean up our city. Dockless bikes have potential to be a success around the world and I’m sure they can be in central London.

But we’re inundated with reports of these bikes blocking pathways, roads and even emergency access points, causing significant safety concerns - particularly for disabled and visually impaired residents and visitors to the city.

I’ve written to the Tier, Lime, Human Forest and Dott, urging them to take responsibility, and have asked why they appear to allow their bikes to be dumped anywhere without a thought for the mess they leave behind.

Councils like Westminster shouldn’t have to clear up their mess and our residents shouldn’t foot the bill.