Transport for London’s (TfL) cycle hire scheme saw more bikes hired during 2022 than any other year in the scheme’s history, with 11.5 million rentals across the year.

According to TfL data, 2022 saw 11,506,889 hires, which is 565,625 hires more than were made in 2021, which was also a record-breaking year for the scheme. The scheme also saw record-breaking months between September 2021 and August 2022, with each month achieving the highest number of hires for that month since the scheme launched 12 years ago.

The large docking station outside Waterloo station was the busiest in 2022.

TfL says that the increasing numbers of bike hires reflects wider increases in walking and cycling seen in London over recent years.

Date 2022 Cycle hires
January 748,502
February 749,898
March 1,056,720
April 1,031,077
May 1,201,054
June 1,280,180
July 1,315,801
August 1,259,932
September 800,950
October 864,369
November 725,556
December 472,850

Last year also saw the scheme’s first major change in pricing, replacing the daily fee with a flat-rate 30-minute hire rate, along with a new monthly subscription and enhancements to the existing annual subscription rates. Last October also saw the rollout of 500 new e-bikes for the first time, although they’re currently only available to registered users. The new e-bikes saw 129,232 hires made in the first few months of operation.

TfL and Southwark Council have also completed an expansion of the scheme, with seven new docking stations serving people in Bermondsey and Walworth. The new docking stations were funded by Southwark Council.

Santander’s agreement to sponsor the cycle hire scheme currently runs until May 2025.

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3 comments
  1. Mike Oxlong says:

    Too expensive, too heavy, poor gearing, no carrier. Even the electric ones aren’t much cop.
    Anyone who has ridden any sort of ordinary bike wouldn’t choose one of these.

    • ianVisits says:

      30p a day for a regular user is pretty cheap, they do have a carrier, and while yes, they are heavier than a lightweight touring bike, I both own a Brompton and reguarly use the hire bikes, so you’re wrong to suggest a cycle owner wouldn’t use a hire bike.

  2. Sean says:

    I wonder if Uber becoming practically unusable has added to these figures. I’ve found myself turning to these and Lime quite a few times when I haven’t been able to get a cab home and the route is too indirect by tube or bus, especially late at night.

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