Dockless Bikes Law

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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Photo of Florence Eshalomi Florence Eshalomi Labour

I understand that TfL are looking to introduce a pan-London by-law to control where dock less bikes are left but that it could take a year. Can you update me on this work and explain why it will take so long to introduce?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London and London Councils are undertaking this work jointly, following agreement at London Councils’ Transport & Environment Committee (TEC). The proposed byelaw would be made once and would apply equally in every London borough.

Once in place, the byelaw will enable boroughs to specify where dockless rental bikes can or cannot be parked, thus minimising any unwanted clutter or obstruction. To achieve this, all 33 local authorities must agree on the wording of the byelaw, and each must delegate the power to make the byelaw to TEC, which in most cases will require the matter to be considered at full Council meetings. The byelaw would then be subject to Ministerial approval and public consultation.

The wording of the byelaw is currently being agreed with London boroughs, and I encourage them all to progress this important matter as quickly as possible.