Ken Livingstone today pledged to offer to extend the Freedom Pass to include free use of the Cycle Hire Scheme if elected Mayor of London.
The Labour candidate set out his plans ahead of tomorrow’s Older People’s hustings, the first time Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson will debate in the run up to May’s election, following the Tory Mayor’s repeated dodging of debates.
The move, aimed at encouraging and enabling more cycling amongst older Londoners, would be part of a campaign to see the Cycle Hire Scheme made accessible to and utilised by a broader range of Londoners. A recent London Assembly investigation found that 68% of users are aged 25-44, 75% are male, 60% have a household income over £50k and 80% are white.
The move would be at no extra cost to the London boroughs, who manage and fund the Freedom Pass, and it is estimated the total cost would be less than £250,000 a year. As the scheme is currently not operating to capacity, and a rising number of users say they would not renew their membership, no extra investment in bikes will be needed to enable the extension.