More than £110,000 in compensation has been paid out to people who have suffered personal injury or had property damaged as a result of using ‘Boris Bikes’ in London.
The figure was revealed in the aftermath of the tragic death of a 20-year-old woman who collided with a lorry while riding a Boris Bike – the first fatality since the bicycle scheme was introduced in the capital.
The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme was dubbed Boris Bikes after being introduced by London mayor Boris Johnson.
Nine personal injury claims
Since its launch in July 2010, a total of £112,420.84 has been paid out in
compensation by Transport for London (TfL), with nine claims for
personal injury and 43 for property damage being lodged. The highest payout was £38,031.51.
The figures were disclosed after a Freedom of Information request was made. They also showed 11 claims are still outstanding, but TfL has yet to challenge any claims in the courts.
In the scheme’s first year, 19 claims were made, with a total of £44,365.15 being awarded in compensation. In 2011-12, £66,608.52 was awarded after 28 claims were made, two of which remain open.
So far this year just £1,447.14 has been handed over, but there are still eight
If you have been hurt while out riding your bike, Accident Advice Helpline could help you make a bicycle injury compensation claim.
Bike access round the clock
TfL said the Boris Bikes have been hired 22 million times since the scheme was launched. The routes run from outer London to the city centre and are designed to provide “safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city”.
Fees for the bikes, which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, were doubled at the start of the year after TfL estimated the scheme would cost taxpayers £225 million by 2015.
Docking stations stretch across London and are available from Shepherd’s Bush in the west to the Docklands in the east and from Camden Town in the north to Kennington, south of the Thames.
The scheme has inspired other nations to launch similar ventures, including the US’s Citibike, which began in New York in May.
Date Published: July 10, 2013
Author: David Brown