• Thanks Arvy. Were those abandonded bikes at this location: https://aktivli.com/bike-parking/66490 ? We are looking for ways to get more info on utilisation of specific locations, for some it easier than for others.

    Your comment got me thinking, would it be useful if we add the feature on a given bike parking location to report it to the authorities? For example for abandoned bikes, or vandalism or lack of capacity in general, or... ?

  • Hello Frankvanrest.

    Location is Shep Bush central station, pavement between tube station and Londis. (Neither of our links seem to be sending us to where we want)

    Local authorities have an obligation to monitor and remove dead bikes but I suspect this is low on their list. My conversations with H&F have indicated that it isn't a priority:

    At present, we don’t have a dedicated Officer to cover this area. I am not the area-based Officer but cover this area depending on my other commitments.
    We have only two vehicles covering the whole Council area. We remove abandoned bikes causing obstruction or nuisance but it all depends on the availability of Officers and vehicles plus the storage space for these bikes.
    At present, we have four operational Officers covering all 16 wards. Our main enforcement work is around waste dumping, commercial waste contraventions, Duty of Care compliance, littering enforcement, builders waste, overhanging vegetation, builder’s skips, builder’s material, highway obstructions, waste presentation, etc.

    Councils like Camden are awful.

    Before you investigate features have a look at 'love clean streets', which some London councils use. You will see that integrations vary by council but H&F have their own version of the same app. H&F actually encourage residents to report stuff on it. (It doesn't work very well for me, but that might just be anecdote).


    The thing that I found frustrating is that lots of councils are trying to do more (cycle lanes etc, green initiatives.,) [''hardware''], but really simple things like this [''software''] aren't connected to what those who might cycle and use the service.