Sunday, 6 June 2010

Camden Green Fair

Today we cycled to Camden Green Fair to catch the pleasant revolution bicycle music tour: a bunch of musicians traveling on bicycles, powering their amps and instruments using pedal power!
Amongst the Pleasant Revolutionaries, we had the chance to look at the bikes from the new Cycle Hire
which includes 6,000 bikes that people can hire from around 400 docking stations throughout London. The Cycle Hire's launch is on 30th July 2010. As this is a self-service public sharing scheme, it is 24 hour. An annual access costs £45 and after that you pay £1 for up to 1 hour of hiring a bike (the first 30 minutes are free); You have to be very careful though as the charges change:
1 hr = £1
1 1/2 hrs = £4
2 hrs = £6
2 1/2 hrs = £10
The increase in the charge, should encourage people to return the bike to the docking stations during stops. If you use the bike just for a city cycle trip then you should probably spent £1 each time you use the bike, or even £0 if it is within the 30 minutes.
There are some other charges: a non-return will cost you  £300; a late return £150 and a damage charge up to £300.

We also came across the safe cycling / HGV awareness where cyclists had the opportunity to jump in a lorry to experience the spots where bicycles cannot be seen by the driver.
The Camden Green Fair also included a bicycle trial, stalls by Velorution, Green Oil, food stalls and the usual community organizations the pop up at such fairs.