'New Forest will lose out if £2m funding for Boris Bike scheme is rejected'

'New Forest will lose out if £2m funding for Boris Bike scheme is rejected'

Graham Bright, Partnership Director for UK and Europe at B-cycle.

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A MOVE to abandon £2million plans for a ‘Boris bike’-style scheme in the New Forest is ‘disappointing’ say the company set to run it.

Members of the New Forest National Park Authority look set to throw out the almost-completed plans for the scheme at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday.

Concerns over ‘major anti-cycling sentiment’ in the Forest and worries over securing sponsorship has led members to call for the scheme – included as part of £3.5million funding from the Department of Transport – to be rejected.

This is despite a procurement process securing the service of company B-Cycle to implement around 250 bikes in 20 different New Forest locations.

The contract was due to be signed in June, but delayed after members raised concerns.

A petition has been signed by 500 people urging the authority to go-ahead with the plans.

On Friday, British former racing cyclist and Olympic gold medal winner Chris Boardman tweeted a link to the petition.

 

And it received a welcome boost on Thursday after Tour de France legend Jens Voigt retweeted a link to the petition.

Last year he took time out to support a charity bike ride through the New Forest for the Epilepsy Society.

Graham Bright, B-Cycle’s partnership director for the UK and Europe said in his experience the situation was “unprecedented”.

But he hoped to be able to address members’ concerns at the crunch meeting on Tuesday.

“This came out the blue both to us and officers of the National Park Authority”, said Graham.

“We have not had an opportunity to engage with members.

“The things they have mentioned in their reports can be easily addressed.”

He said concerns over sponsorship were misguided as any sponsorship deals to cover ongoing costs would not affect the viability of the scheme.

“Our business model that we put to the authority does not require sponsorship in order to be sustaining.

“Even if we do not receive sponsorship, the model is sustainable.

“It would be our risk and our cost.”

Mr Bright, said B-Cycle who are part of bike giants Trek, have established successful schemes across North and South America.

He said bike share is a service that is a very different experience to mass cycling events.

“It is a slow leisure ride for families that want to explore the forest. Our bikes typically move at a speed of 7mph, similar to a fast runner.

“They won’t be hammering through Brockenhurst.”

He added: “From my perspective I am disappointed not to have had the opportunity to address the points.

“I am surprised that this has happened but keen to do what I can to make sure this goes ahead.

“It would have brought a number of benefits to the area including environmental as congestion will be reduced.

“There were economic benefits as well with local businesses involved in repairing the bikes. Now they will lose out.

“They had a vision to go and secure the funding.

They have shown the leadership in going through a very rigorous procurement and I hope that together we could have the courage to go forward and make this a reality.

“I am still hopeful and really relish the chance to make this happen.”

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7:48am Fri 15 Aug 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

I expect that the many bicycle hire companies that already exist around the Forest will breathe a sigh of relief.

How about throwing some of the funding at them instead?
I expect that the many bicycle hire companies that already exist around the Forest will breathe a sigh of relief. How about throwing some of the funding at them instead? Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 15

7:50am Fri 15 Aug 14

twynham says...

Well done New Forest Cyclist, 841 signatures now.
Well done New Forest Cyclist, 841 signatures now. twynham
  • Score: 7

8:13am Fri 15 Aug 14

nicstevenson says...

How many other public authorities are giving money back to the government at the moment? Shows the utter ineptitude and irrational anti-cyclist bigotry of the NFNPA...

@ Bournemouth Ohec - the scheme is not aimed to canabalise the existing all-day types of bike hire firm, it's designed to help people hop and hop off bikes around the forest, reducing congestion from traffic and boosting local businesses by allowing their customers to reach them more easily from places like camp sites.
How many other public authorities are giving money back to the government at the moment? Shows the utter ineptitude and irrational anti-cyclist bigotry of the NFNPA... @ Bournemouth Ohec - the scheme is not aimed to canabalise the existing all-day types of bike hire firm, it's designed to help people hop and hop off bikes around the forest, reducing congestion from traffic and boosting local businesses by allowing their customers to reach them more easily from places like camp sites. nicstevenson
  • Score: 9

8:25am Fri 15 Aug 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

@ Bournemouth Ohec - the scheme is not aimed to canabalise the existing all-day types of bike hire firm, it's designed to help people hop and hop off bikes around the forest, reducing congestion from traffic and boosting local businesses by allowing their customers to reach them more easily from places like camp sites.

Thanks for that.
@ Bournemouth Ohec - the scheme is not aimed to canabalise the existing all-day types of bike hire firm, it's designed to help people hop and hop off bikes around the forest, reducing congestion from traffic and boosting local businesses by allowing their customers to reach them more easily from places like camp sites. Thanks for that. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 0

9:53am Fri 15 Aug 14

suzigirl says...

More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice!
More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice! suzigirl
  • Score: -24

11:40am Fri 15 Aug 14

FNS-man says...

suzigirl wrote:
More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice!
These are just people on bikes. What are your objections to families riding around the forest? Would you rather they were in cars?
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice![/p][/quote]These are just people on bikes. What are your objections to families riding around the forest? Would you rather they were in cars? FNS-man
  • Score: 12

11:47am Fri 15 Aug 14

apm1954 says...

suzigirl wrote:
More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice!
Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice![/p][/quote]Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got. apm1954
  • Score: 7

11:47am Fri 15 Aug 14

apm1954 says...

suzigirl wrote:
More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice!
Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice![/p][/quote]Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got. apm1954
  • Score: 1

11:51am Fri 15 Aug 14

suzigirl says...

apm1954 wrote:
suzigirl wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice!
Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.
Just two for you!
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice![/p][/quote]Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.[/p][/quote]Just two for you! suzigirl
  • Score: -4

11:54am Fri 15 Aug 14

suzigirl says...

FNS-man wrote:
suzigirl wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice!
These are just people on bikes. What are your objections to families riding around the forest? Would you rather they were in cars?
I said "idiot cyclists" not families, can you not read properly? As the picture shows they are hardly families enjoying a nice leisurely cycle through the Forest - they are lycra clad louts speeding through the Forest giving no respect to "families" or car drivers or walkers!
[quote][p][bold]FNS-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice![/p][/quote]These are just people on bikes. What are your objections to families riding around the forest? Would you rather they were in cars?[/p][/quote]I said "idiot cyclists" not families, can you not read properly? As the picture shows they are hardly families enjoying a nice leisurely cycle through the Forest - they are lycra clad louts speeding through the Forest giving no respect to "families" or car drivers or walkers! suzigirl
  • Score: -11

12:00pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Franks Tank says...

suzigirl wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
suzigirl wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice!
Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.
Just two for you!
Classy grandma, real classy.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice![/p][/quote]Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.[/p][/quote]Just two for you![/p][/quote]Classy grandma, real classy. Franks Tank
  • Score: 10

2:13pm Fri 15 Aug 14

apm1954 says...

suzigirl wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
suzigirl wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice!
Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.
Just two for you!
You can count .
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice![/p][/quote]Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.[/p][/quote]Just two for you![/p][/quote]You can count . apm1954
  • Score: -2

2:53pm Fri 15 Aug 14

suzigirl says...

Franks Tank wrote:
suzigirl wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
suzigirl wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice!
Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.
Just two for you!
Classy grandma, real classy.
I might not start it but I will finish it great granddad!
[quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice![/p][/quote]Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.[/p][/quote]Just two for you![/p][/quote]Classy grandma, real classy.[/p][/quote]I might not start it but I will finish it great granddad! suzigirl
  • Score: 4

4:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

I do find it incredible that anyone can object to gaining £2 million funding for something that can be of benefit to so many, simply because of objections by so few.
I do find it incredible that anyone can object to gaining £2 million funding for something that can be of benefit to so many, simply because of objections by so few. Marty Caine
  • Score: 6

12:36am Sat 16 Aug 14

Commonsense? says...

suzigirl wrote:
apm1954 wrote:
suzigirl wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice!
Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.
Just two for you!
Yes, you've just confirmed what many thought - you're a syndactyl...
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: More idiot cyclists in the New Forest or ban them altogether.....mmmmm tough choice![/p][/quote]Suppose you come from the forest how many fingers have you got.[/p][/quote]Just two for you![/p][/quote]Yes, you've just confirmed what many thought - you're a syndactyl... Commonsense?
  • Score: 0

2:25am Sun 17 Aug 14

Dchadder says...

I am always amazed how a serious subject very quickly descends into personal abuse that achieves nothing.

Cycling in the New Forest was one of the highlights of my home life in the area. More cycling there is a good activity for all ages. Encourage children through to grandparents to get cycling in the quiet and safe areas. Enjoy cycling.
I am always amazed how a serious subject very quickly descends into personal abuse that achieves nothing. Cycling in the New Forest was one of the highlights of my home life in the area. More cycling there is a good activity for all ages. Encourage children through to grandparents to get cycling in the quiet and safe areas. Enjoy cycling. Dchadder
  • Score: 4

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