Wembley residents are scratching their heads about who would have abandoned a Barclays hire bike six miles from the nearest docking station in the middle of East Lane Open Space in Wembley. The cyclist who rented the bike potentially faces a £300 charge for failing to return it.
Local Liberal Democrat councillor Paul Lorber stumbled across the bike while training for the Brent 5k Fun Run at Fryent County Park in September. He reported the abandoned bike to Transport for London and took it home for safe-keeping.
Liberal Democrat councillors have previously called on Transport for London to extend the cycle hire scheme closer to the Wembley area. Councillor Lorber said:
I can only assume someone pedalled out to Wembley after a night out in London and didn’t realise – or didn’t care – that there are no docking stations north-west of St John’s Wood. We would like to see the bike hire scheme extended out at least as far as Wembley stadium, to increase the transport options available to local people.
Paul is doing the fun run to raise money for Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre which provides services for older and disabled residents in the Wembley area. Donations, payable to ‘Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre’ can be sent to Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre, 809 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA0 2LP.