14 February 2012

Cycle hire scheme expands

With nearly 10 million hires since its launch 18 months ago, Boris Johnson’s popular Barclays Cycle Hire scheme is expanding and, as of 8 March, the iconic bikes will be available for the first time beyond central London.

2,300 more bikes and an extra 4,800 docking stations are currently being installed. The scheme will be available across the whole of Tower Hamlets as well as north Shoreditch in Hackney, Camden Town, Canary Wharf and Westfield White City.

More than 150,000 people have signed up as members of the scheme and between them have made more than 7.7 million hires. And casual users have made more than 2.1 million journeys since December 2010 alone.

Promoting cycling as an easy, efficient and safe way to get around London has always been a top priority for Boris Johnson and his administration. The further expansion of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme is another step in his cycle revolution – a transformation that shows no signs of slowing down.

Mayor Johnson said of the expansion, “These bikes have changed the face of the city, eased the lives of many commuters and proved a huge attraction for the visitors we need in tough times to bring jobs and growth to our economy. The expansions east and west will extend benefits across our city and I’m confident that our investment in this wonderful piece of transport infrastructure will be a huge success.”

 

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