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London Assembly


MQT – 15 September 2010

Twenty-third Mayor’s Report to the Assembly




This is my twenty-third report to the Assembly, fulfilling my duty under Section 45 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999. It covers the period 1 July to 1 September 2010.


Executive Summary


Barclays Cycle Hire - open for business

On 30 July, I launched my flagship cycling scheme and the Capital’s newest form of public transport with the introduction of Barclays Cycle Hire.


Londoners are already embracing this fantastic new scheme, which generated more than 100,000 additional cycle journeys in central London in its first two weeks of operation as around 45,000 signed up to be pioneering members. I expect this enthusiasm to build as Londoners and visitors explore the potential of having access to thousands of bicycles for just pennies a day. Ultimately, it is expected to generate up to 40,000 new cycle journeys in London every day, as the Capital’s cycling revolution gathers pace.


As with any new project of this size and complexity, there have been a few teething issues. We are working closely with our contractor, Serco, to tackle these. However, I am extremely proud of the hard work and preparation that has gone into the launch, the positive manner in which Londoners have embraced the scheme and the patience they have shown when minor issues have occurred.


Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week Barclays Cycle Hire stretches from Notting Hill Gate to Wapping, and from Regents Park to Borough Market. Londoners using the scheme can presently take a cycle from one of 335 docking stations based every 300m or so throughout the centre of the Capital, with a total of 5000 bikes currently available to use. When fully rolled out, the scheme will see 6,000 cycles and 400 docking stations located across central London, meaning Londoners will never be more than a couple of minutes from a docking station.


The initial period of membership-only is allowing Transport for London (TfL) and the operator of the scheme, Serco, to assess the usage, reliability and the distribution of the cycles and also resolve any outstanding issues in advance of the roll out to casual users.

England's World Cup 2018 bid – FIFA inspectors arrival



With 100 days to go until FIFA makes its decision, on 23 August, I joined FIFA’s inspectors at the beginning of a four day tour of candidate host cities to showcase why London is the jewel in the crown of England’s 2018 World Cup bid.


London is home to some of the world’s best football stadia and if England’s bid is successful, the capital will host not only the opening and closing games but potentially a quarter of the total games played during the tournament. With no other venue more than three hours from London by train, the capital will also be the main base for many officials, players and supporters, bringing an estimated £1bn economic benefit into the region in 2018 alone.


England’s 2018 bid commitment to produce the most commercially successful FIFA World Cup to-date is greatly enhanced by London’s world-class sporting facilities, mature football market in terms of sponsorship, broadcasting, ticketing and hospitality, and proven track record in managing large scale sporting and cultural events. A highly lucrative World Cup in 2018 will allow FIFA to re-invest in the game the world over, generating a positive global legacy.


The experience of hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the huge financial investment entailed, plus the capital’s existing infrastructure for transport, accommodation, security and entertainment means England’s bid offers a great deal more than our competitors.


As Chair of London United, the group coordinating the capital’s host city submission, I accompanied the FIFA delegation, who will make their final decision in December.


Supporting the bid, and welcoming the FIFA visit, City Hall sported a giant two-storey red and white banner, seen from the Thames, which read “England United: The World Invited and those out and about in London also saw street banners on Whitehall, Park Lane, in and around Parliament Square and Millbank, as well as along Victoria Embankment, around Wembley, the O2 arena and the ExCel Centre.


The 2018 ‘Back the Bid Week’ also featured a range of events involving football clubs, companies and the general public, including ‘Wear Your Shirt to Work Day’ where Visit London and I encouraged Londoners and businesses in the capital to wear their football shirts to work on 24 August to celebrate 100 days until the bid result is announced. The national day saw people from across the country swapping their regular work attire for their favourite football strip to demonstrate their support for England’s World Cup Bid.


If successful, each host city is committed to staging two amazing FIFA Fan Fests, which in London would happen in addition to ongoing city-wide celebrations turning the capital’s most iconic open air spaces into festivals of football during the 31 day contest.
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